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Old 12-22-2013, 08:12 PM
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Default Trick of the Week: Perch

Ok, so I know I've failed at taking over this for Sara! Sorry guys! But since we're all getting hit by the crazy weather I figure it's a good time to get back on the horse!

I was looking back at our old Trick of the weeks and was reminded how much fun everyone had working on stalls and things so I figured I would bring that back, in a sense (also because I'm working on those and I saw Adrianne is putting Malinois on her back again).

So, Perch! Which I'm also using to mean on people (IE Stalls, back, legs, feet, etc.) if you so want but also on anything else like a stool, chair, cat tree, fire hydrant, tree etc. This helps core strength, balance and confidence. Also lends itself so well into many other tricks and behaviors if you dogs aren't afraid to get on weird or unstable objects. And can be used to work on impulse control and stays for people who've failed at teaching them all other ways *cough* me *cough*

Pick an object and get them on it! You can start with a wider base and move to a smaller base, you can add in some instability to it, work on duration or being able to do sit pretty, spin or stand up on said object, be creative!

Just remember that if your dog isn't used to this (and even if they're a veteran) to keep the sessions short, fun and safe. It's very physically taxing on them so just play smart!

"Live long and stand on things."
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