Back in August I read one of Pamela’s excellent “Puppiness Project” posts over at Something Wagging This Way Comes. This one was regarding competition and how it can be healthy for us and our dogs. While I’ve never considered myself a competitive person, preferring to step aside to let others win, since I’ve read the aforementioned article I’ve realized there are several areas in which I am always motivated to push myself forward. For the most part I am happy to come out somewhere in the middle – or even at the end – but when it comes to the few things I actually take pride in (imagine that), it irks me when I don’t finish on top.
Silly dog tricks are one of the accomplishments I hold most dear. Nothing motivates me to train with Shiva more than a dog performing a trick she doesn’t already know.* Screw agility or competitive obedience. Who cares if she never learns how to be calm when a stranger knocks on the door? In my mind it is far more important for her to walk backwards while standing on two legs. That is a much more valuable life skill.
Case in point, when I first saw the below commercial** I immediately started thinking of what I could use to teach my dog how to ride on a scooter. It’s been a lazy summer for us training-wise, but Samsung has given me the boost I’ve needed to get back to work.
I’ve always thought there should be some sort of competition or event to showcase tricks. Though there are performance groups like Super Dogs, sadly there isn’t anything similar in my area. Unless one appears on a reality show, there doesn’t seem to be a way to get any recognition for our hard work. I mean, blogging is great and all, but it doesn’t come with a pretty ribbon or even a cool title.
This has bummed me out until the author of The Elka Almanac shared a link to a wicked online program organized by Kyra Sundance. Apparently, all I need to do is fill out a form, get a witness to sign it, and Shiva can earn her very first trick dog title! This honour not only comes with an official certificate and recognition on the Do More With Your Dog website, but we would finally be able to add a professional-sounding suffix to Shiva’s name! And then after that, we could try for her intermediate title, and then advanced, and just maybe Shiva will eventually work her way to being a Trick Dog Champion! Just think of all the initials she will rack up!
Because apparently that is what it’s all about.
Please tell me I am not alone in my thirst for dog trick glory. Is there anything that makes you feel competitive?
*Unless the dog is Jesse the Jack Russell. Because seriously? I am almost positive he is part terrier, part monkey. That dog is just ridiculous.
**I love this commercial for so many reasons and can’t watch it too many times. What made me smile the most is that the dog appears to be a mixed breed. No fancy border collie necessary for these killer tricks!