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Recent fun happenings at DogRelations

The incentive for teaching Lulu to run into the harness from a distance came from the owner who complained that she tended to back away from him when he tried to put the harness on her.

So, after a few minutes of ‘target’ training she began to stick her head through the opening. Now she can run across the room and stick her her head right through the opening.  And it is so much fun for her. When her walker came he was holding the harness and all of a sudden her head was already sticking through!

We laughed so hard!

The other fun thing that happened this week was that Will actually had the chance to open the door of a small refrigerator. we worked in a different place than usual that had a small size fridge. Since we had been working on opening cabinet doors and drawers, this presented a great opportunity for us.

Here is the result. By the way: I did not ask him to retrieve anything from the fridge because I did not want him to get hurt when the door fell closed on its own.


This is a captured trick. Bailey, like so many dogs, scratches when they are not quite sure what is asked of them. I guess just like humans would scratch their head in frustration or when they are puzzled. This is a perfect opportunity to capture that behavior and put it on cue. As in the following video: Do you have an itch?

  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