Typically, I only like to show videos of completed tricks. It makes me look like a much better trainer than I am. However, I have been told this is unfair. To really get an idea of what it is like to work with a Shiva, apparently one needs to see the steps from the beginning.
Shiva does not have a very good retrieve. It’s something we have been working on since day one. It’s something I routinely give up on in favour of more fun tricks. One of my goals is to teach Shiva to retrieve her leash. I have already imagined showing the trick off in agility class to the amazement and applause of all our peers. In order to do that, she needs to learn to keep a non-edible object in her mouth for more than half a second. This is not something she is all that interested in doing. Naturally, if she is holding something in her mouth, she can’t be eating the treats in my pocket.
Since she showed an inclination for picking up her dinner bowl, I thought I would give it a try. Contrary to how this looks, this video actually does show massive improvement.
See? Even a Shiva isn’t perfect all the time.
I know we’ll get there if I actually force myself to work on it with her. Next week maybe we’ll take a break and try something my weird dog finds easier. Like hand stands. Wanna bet she will have learned to back flip before she learns to get her leash?