Fleetwood is a show off, he even shows me up most of the time, Haha! We are going to start this week learning to cross paws both ways. I haven't up until now because I was worried that he would be confused between cross paws and his other trick, the 'embarassed' one!
So I started to lure this, and then he got bored and frustrated and the thing that happens in the third video in this post happened, so I played around with that for awhile. Then I decided to try to lure by starting with him shaking with one paw across the other. I may go back to shaping once the thing that happened isn't so fresh in his memory, though.
That's what I'm hoping to do! When I took a tricks class we did "are you tired?" instead of "bang! you're dead" so he knows how to lie over to his side. We tried to do the burrito/cover yourself but I could never get him to grab on to the blanket before. I guess I just should have tried to shape something else a long time ago and waited for him to get frustrated. Hopefully I can bridge them together.
I used Southpaw's idea and shaped Lugia to cross her paws using a paper target... she kept trying to jump up to pounce on the target at first I really wish I could film our training sessions, she does some super cute things sometimes. LOVED seeing Squash pick up the blanket on his own and try to roll in it!
For the next session, I need to introduce a cue (which I'm horrible at for some reason, I wonder if I'm always getting the timing wrong?) and fade out the target. Thanks for making these threads every week Sara, I'm so uncreative when it comes to thinking of new tricks to teach Lugia!
Well, I started with Boone tonight. As I thought, he was really hung up on the side hop. But after a while, he finally switched to front end movement. And now I'm slowly shaping just movement of the front paws into his front paws being moved closer together. It's going to take some work and will probably be slow progress, but I think it will turn out okay.
So far Maisy is getting this the best. She has caught on that I want her to move just her front paws, and she started doing this adorable little right tap-left tap-right tap-left tap thing just in place while she's laying down. I'm going to try to get video of it.
Pip hasn't completely caught on, but he seems to be moving in the right direction.
Squash, on the other hand... keeps just flopping on his side. I moved him onto the floor away from the sleeping bag and he just lays and stares at me for long stretches of time and flops over on his side. I even tried cheating by moving his paws unnaturally far away from each other thinking he'd at least scoot them closer so I could mark something... but no. He just lays there with his paws unnaturally wide for long stretches of time and then flops over. LOL.
I am surprised at this - Maddie was my vocal one! She was barking and growling and scratching me to pieces lol She started tucking her paws under (she lays like this all the time) and I started clicking for that.
Bailey started off targeting whatever she could - I have a bruise on my knee from her nose to prove it! lol
My shoes, the carpet, the chair, the table leg, then she started moving her front paws and it was like the magic "light bulb moment"