Monday, June 2, 2014

Positive Pet Training Blog Hop: Favorite Tricks

     Hey, everyone! Dachshund Mommy here. It's that time of the month again (no, not like that! ;)): It's the 6th installment of the Positive Pet Training Blog hop, hosted by yours truly,  Cascadian Nomads and Tenacious Little Terrier. This month's theme is favorite tricks, but any post featuring positive tricks is happily accepted.

     Nola, being the saucy little brainiac she is, loves trick training. Any kind of training really, but she really thrives on the sillier stuff. Trick training is a great way to build confidence in a dog, and also is a great form of mental exercise. For fellow owners of smart and energetic breeds, I'm sure you know that mental exercise is just as vital as physical for a happy pup!
Nola has quite the list of tricks. I'm probably forgetting something, but off the top of my head she knows:
Jump through (jump through my legs)
Hup'up (jump into arms)
Touch (target my hand)
High five
Give me a hug
Give kiss
Go get it (retrieval)
Hold (hold something in mouth)
Rest (chin on the floor)
Door (shut a door)
Back up
Paws up (put her feet on something)
Hop up (jump onto something)
Bedtime (go under the covers)
Crate (go in the crate)
Watch me (look at me)
Take a bow
Lights (turn on the light)
Shame (cover eyes)
Move your ass (scoot over)
Where's Sweetie? (her grandma)
Where's Sugar? (her grandpa)
Where's Mommy?
Load up (get in the car)

     That's not counting basic obedience like sit, down and recall, Rally cues like finishes and heeling, or random ones like leave it or drop on recall.

    Pike, who isn't nearly as smart as his sister (but then again, who is?), also enjoys trick training. He doesn't get them as fast as Nola did, nor does he offer them when he wants something as she does, but he does enjoy it. His repertoire at the moment isn't huge, but he's learn to target my hand, is learning roll over, and knows how to dance. It's pretty cute!

    Here are some of Nola's favorite tricks, including her most recent one "Jump through!":

     And Pike learning to roll over:

   So, what's your dog's best trick? Tell us about it! Post and link up below. :)

Dachshund Mommy


  1. We only have very basic tricks. Yours are really cool.

  2. Nola is such a smart girl! Maybe Pike will catch up. You are so right about trick training building confidence and being excellent stimulation! Humans have such a tendency towards believing that training has to be dry and boring (so we don't do it, we don't do enough of it, or we make it dry and boring!) yet even teaching the foundations to tricks mixes it up and challenges both the trainer and the dog! Both human and canine benefit and the bond grows stronger.

  3. I think Pike deserves a bit more time before you pass judgment on his smarts ;-) He's just a baby!

    Jimmy is my trick dog (for what it's worth as I am not that into trick training). He can give paw, give other paw, hand touch, target touch, jump through a hoop, roll over and do figure eights through my legs.

  4. Are you going to have enough patience to teach Baby Pike?
    Good job Nola
    Lily & Edward

  5. I'm going to have to teach Mr. N "jump through." Cute trick. He knows "rest" but his cue is "are you sad?"

  6. Hailey's best trick is her bang, but I like her "pray" as well. Phody doesn't do as many tricks, but he is a great singer!

  7. We're working on "spinning" this summer!

  8. Good job Nola! I'm sure Pike will catch on quickly!

  9. Cool!!!! I bet that Pike will figure out the game pretty darn fast!

    I forgot the blog hop again...Dang.

  10. Such smarties! Super cute and useful tricks! I love their enthusiasm. :)


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