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A good mixture of “obedience” and “tricks”

“Obedience” also known as basic skills are often the only skill set a dog learns and because of the psychological implication carry with them a weight of importance. Non compliance is somehow seen as a severe infraction. If a dog is asked to twirl and does not comply , for some reason the infraction is no big deal. Tricks are seen as icing on the cake, so to speak. But if we mix the skills together then the “drudgery” of “sitting” or “lying down” on cue is included in the playful and more appealing aspect of the “tricks” a dog can perform.

  1. How adorable! Such manners for Nono and Sia. Very creative on the adults end.

    Comment by karen on June 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  2. That is totally hilarious! Great job and really fun to watch!

    Comment by Fran on June 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm
  3. Actually my friend and website designer Kendra Dixson was the person who sent me the video. So 99% of the credit goes to her!

    Comment by Elisabeth on June 11, 2011 at 7:55 am
  4. Hee hee, well a good friend of mine forwarded it to me so the list goes on. I think it is so cute and I’m amazed at how well the dogs are behaved, although you do see a little help from the human hands so they don’t dive their noses into their dish. lol

    Comment by Kendra Dixson on June 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm
  5. yes the dogs are great! I also liked HOW they helped the dogs by pretending it was a human “putting your chin in your hands” gesture. It is most entertaining.

    Comment by Elisabeth Weiss on June 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm