If you own a dog, most likely you are use to some kind of embarrassment. If you own several dogs you are probably on a first name basis with it. As a dog trainer I have learned a lot about humility! I have done a few demonstrations in my life where the dog refused to comply and I ended up resorting to describing to my audience what the dog was suppose to be doing.
It is high time we as owners learn how to deal with such moments and teach our dogs a party trick at the same time.
So here it is your holiday party trick to show the family and friends that come and visit! We are going to teach your dog to raise his paw to his snout when you say “I AM SO EMBARRASSED” or “AREN’T YOU EMBARRASSED?” or you can say “DID YOU….?”
- GOOD treats!!
- Your clicker
- Your Dog
- A soft hair scrunchie
- Your sense of humor!
- Grab your dog and head off to a secluded room. This is easier with less distractions.
- Take the soft scrunchie (not a tight elastic hair tie) and slide it over your dog’s snout
- BE READY with your clicker!!
- Your dog will pretty much immediately bring his paw up to take off the scrunchie, you must click and treat the moment the paw goes to the snout!
- If he doesn’t instantaneously remove it himself with that paw after you click take it off as you give him the treat.
- Wait a few seconds and try it again. Click when the paw goes up and then take off the scrunchie if needed.
- Once he is beginning to tolerate it and getting the idea, begin giving the command “Embarrassed” or whatever you want to use.
- Say it in a dramatic way, like you will deliver the command when you showcase the trick.
- First you must get him to target a treat in your hand with his paw.
- Put a treat in your hand and if he goes to scratch at it, click and treat.
- As he gets the idea and paws your hand raise the treat and your hand progressively higher and higher up to his snout.
- Jackpot if he touches his face, as this is the behavior you want.
- This version might take a little longer for him to grasp, but be patient and help him with lots of praise and jackpots to understand what you want!
Soon with the aid of the clicker and his understanding of it, your dog will be able to offer this trick without the use of the scrunchie or your hand!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.