13 Weeks Old
Lights, Camera, Action!
Something we play often is the bowl game! Getting your pup to know where their paws are is super important! You start out with a large surface and move to a smaller one. Once the pup has mastered getting all his paws on the surface you can start asking for other behaviours. Spin/twist or sit pretty are great ones!
This is the continuation to learning the trick. After your pup proves he/she understands what is being asked, I move to using a hand gesture instead of my entire body. I also work on both sides as you can see in the video. At the end of the video you'll see Loki working on his paw coordination, I love this exercise.
A very important skill to have is to be able to watch other dogs work and either stay quiet or stay in one place. I say "or" because Hero is never quiet when I work with other dogs.. It's much easier to do this when they are pups then when they are 4 or 5 years old. I use a pedestal and reward for laying down and for not making any noise.
Another game I play is "who did I call".
This is a fun training exercise that helps with your pups name and impulse control! In the video you can hear the change in my voice when i switch up my cues. I do this to help with the success rate of the behavior.