One of my most favourite things to do in the whole wide world, is teach Shiva a new trick. Shaping is just a ridiculous amount of fun. I love how I can actually see the moment she gets it in her eyes. It’s almost euphoric for both of us.
The problem is, Shiva is so accustomed to shaping and so used to offering new behaviours that it doesn’t take her very long to pick up something new. Which means I’m running out of ideas. We’ve got all the basics down: roll over, play dead, beg, bow, shake a paw, high-five, crawl, turn around, wave, and many others that I’ve probably forgotten about. Remember, she’s nuts. Teaching her tricks is one of the things we do to tire her out so we can sleep through the night.
Here are a couple of videos I took recently. The first is a trick sequence with the use of a toy as a reward. She’s actually pretty calm. The second one I used food. And she’s a lot less calm. I apologise for the sloppy recording. One of these days I’m going to plan this stuff out in advance.
What kinds of tricks have you taught your dog? Do you have any suggestions for us? My imagination is running on empty.