Well, I was hoping to post about this trick for Tricky T-Day yesterday but I’m ashamed to say – I STILL haven’t managed to learn it yet! OK, us Danes can be a bit – um, slow – hee! hee! Sometimes it takes months before I “get” a trick and my human has to be very patient with me and keep trying. Am just not a fast learner like those clever little terriers and Shelties and Border Collies!
But anyway, I thought I might as well still show you what I’ve learnt so far…Hsin-Yi says it is called a “work-in-progress”! (I have lots of those – Ha! Ha!)
Some time last year, Hsin-Yi saw this really cute trick on YouTube of a doggie pulling its blanket up to cover itself – so she decided to try and teach me that too. Here is the little doggie demonstrating the trick (I think it’s a little Border Terrier, like my dancing partner, Bodie – isn’t it cute?)
Now, I’m not a doggie who likes to pick things up in my mouth much – some doggies always use their mouths to deal with things but I always use my paw. Maybe that’s why I hardly ever chewed anything much as a puppy and never chomped on anything around the house. But that means it’s been really hard for me to learn to pick things up and retrieve things and hold them in my mouth. I only really like to hold my soft stuffies or my ball – anything else, I keep spitting it out!
The other problem is that I have a lot of trouble rolling over, coz of my deep chest and narrow body. Hsin-Yi has taught me to do it and it was easier when I was younger but now that I’m older, I don’t like doing it much and it takes me sooooo long to do it anyway that it looks terrible. Besides, Jan, my dancing teacher back in Auckland, told Hsin-Yi that for breeds like me who can get the scary sickie called gastric torsion, it might be dangerous for me to do too much rolling over, ‘coz it might make my stomach flip and twist. So Hsin-Yi has stopped trying to get me to do it. But she thinks I can still do this trick lying flat rather than rolling over.
Some of the video is from back in Auckland – Hsin-Yi started teaching me this trick in July last year but we only had a couple of training sessions and I just wasn’t ‘getting it’ so she gave up ‘coz she got busy with our Big Move - so yesterday was the first time I’ve tried it again since we moved to Australia and it’s good that I didn’t forget what I’d learnt back in NZ…but I STILL don’t “get it”!
The thing is, I don’t understand. Hsin-Yi keeps telling me to pull up the blanket AND lie flat at the same time! How? How am I supposed to do two things at the same time? Hsin-Yi says it is called “multi-tasking” and that I’m a “dum-dum”…well, I think that’s awfully unfair. I mean, how does she expect me to do two things at the same time? Even when she gives me a treat during training, I have to stop what I’m doing just to chew it…!
Hsin-Yi says: I’ve tried to edit out as much of the ‘boring’ bits as possible but I have left in some of the times when Honey was just doing nothing on purpose, to give a more realistic view of what dog training is really like – otherwise people tend to think that dogs should learn a whole trick in one session immediately! Especially when you have a “slower” dog like Honey, patience is a virtue!
Actually, I didn’t realise until I started editing the video that she has only had 4 sessions learning this trick so I guess she isn’t doing badly. And I’m probably rushing things – but if anyone has any tips on how I can get Honey to keep holding onto the blanket while lying flat – please tell us!
ps. you don’t have to start with the dog standing – you can go straight to the Down position and still mark/reward for interest in the blanket. I just started with standing because that was actually originally a “free-shaping” session and I was just trying things out…
Remember my ‘doggie dancing’ friend – and Pairs Routine partner – Bodie the Border Terrier?
Well, his human had come over from NZ to stay with us – and what’s even more exciting was that she was coming with me & Hsin-Yi to the Richard Curtis ‘Doggie Dancing’ Workshop at Camp Tailwaggers on the weekend!
I love Bodie’s Human – she is so much fun! She plays lots of games with me and she doesn’t mind if I slobber on her… And she always gives me lots of treats!
She is the first visitor we have had since moving to Australia so I was very excited and I wanted to make sure I gave her a big welcome!
I have been a very good doggie host and doing lots of things with Bodie’s Human.
First of all, I helped her unpack…
And then I took her on the Brisbane River Walk that my friend, Lupe the Great Dane, showed me last time - to show her the pretty views of the city…
I helped her catch up on her reading too…
And of course, lots of cuddling practice!
And now it’s off to Camp Tailwaggers!
Stay tuned for all my adventures at ‘doggie dancing’ camp in my next post!
* Oh! Before I forget – my new blog friend, Norwood, is having an exciting Pawdance Film Festival! You can enter your movies in either the Romantic, Action, Comedy, That’s Entertainment, Murder & Suspense or Special Effects Film categories. Old or new videos are fine. The deadline is May 9th and your movie must be between 30s and 2min long. (You can see the rest of the rules here).
I’m working on my own entries at the moment - will show them to you as soon as they’re done! I’ve seen LOTS of great movies on all your blogs so what are you waiting for? Send your entries in to Norwood!