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Mya and Elias

One of the most amazing things I am discovering is not only how eagerly dogs learn but how quickly they accomplish things that seem quite counter intuitive to a dog. A prime example for this is the exercise “leave it” where I place cookies on the paws of dogs who live together. They will not touch those cookies until I give them a signal that it is all right for them to devour the coveted treats!

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The following videos are behaviors Bebo loves to do and enjoyed learning so much. What I love particularly about the second video is that it shows that he has such a good understanding of every single behavior that we can string them together in any order.

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Opening and closing cabinet doors!

Jumping through arms!


Maddie and Ellie

Maddie and Ellie are senior members of a five dog household. Both of them are pretty hobbly and were beginning to lose some fine motor skills. For instance Ellie would have trouble aiming her head which must have been particularly frustrating to her when she was trying to take an offered cookie and missed the cookie. Maddie who is a less enterprising creature than Ellie who can definitely make her wishes known was beginning to resign to the fact that she could not participate in fun activities any longer and just made the effort to get up for meals but spent the rest of the day sleeping.I decided that teaching them to touch objects with their noses could be fun and beneficial to them. Maddie could even do that while lying down and it might help Ellie improve her fine motor coordination skills. It took a couple of sessions for them to even dare touch the poochie bells. Now, a few months later, they are enthusiastic about the activity, they run across the room to touch the poochie bells and get their rewards and Ellie does not miss any of her cookies any longer. Maddie can ring the bell with her head to both sides whereas before she could only muster turning her head slightly to the right.

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Cosi is a Briard with lightening fast reactions and movements. She keeps me and everybody in our household on our toes

  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