As my last post for 2010, I thought I would clean up some unfinished business.
When I shamelessly showed off one of Shiva’s newer tricks, a few people commented, asking how I trained it. After a lot of hard work and swearing, I think I have finally completed a video for you all. It’s not a good video but it’s a video. Thanks to all who recommended the free editing software. Whatever massive flaws you find in the footage I am about to show, they are all due to my incompetency. I learned something today. It is not the technology. It is all me.
At least Shiva enjoyed her cookies!
Like with most things, I had much more luck using a hand signal than a verbal cue at first. I would rub my nose with my hand while giving the verbal cue and that seemed to help her understand what I was asking a lot faster. As I mentioned before, I am sure there is a better way to train this; I just couldn’t find one that worked. But if anyone has used a different method, please let me know! We were stuck at the “object on her nose” stage for a long time, which is one of the reasons I gave up for awhile. If this trick wasn’t so adorable, I would at least be grateful for learning I need to stick it out for as long as it takes.
Also, if you have already finished reading all the fantastic posts from Pawcurious’ blog hop, and are completely at a loss with what to do next, Shiva and I were lucky enough to be interviewed for Coffee with a Canine. There are a lot of cool stories on that site and it is an honour to have ours now listed among them. A great finish to an interesting year!
I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating tonight, if you choose to do so. And simply just a wonderful night if you do not choose. Like our Christmas, it will just be me, the practically husband, the furry ones, and a couple of glasses of whatever we feel like at the time. If I make it to midnight it will be a New Year’s miracle.