Monday, February 20, 2012

(Not) Old Dog Learns New Trick

At four years old, Maisie isn't even close to being an elderbull...I figure we're probably stuck with each other for another decade or so.  Considering her relative youth, perhaps teaching her a new trick isn't all that impressive.  But since we try to appreciate the little victories around here, I thought I'd share this one. 

I know this isn't exactly "turn on the light" (as I saw on Dogtown yesterday) or even "shake" (which Maisie just cannot master no matter how many times we attempt it), but learning to "wait" with treats on her paws in just one day is an accomplishment in my book.  Even if she simultaneously stuck her tongue out at me!

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11 comments:

sweetemaline said...

YAY Maisie! This is one of Turk's best tricks too - love it!

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

Life is all about little victories...

Mayzie said...

Way to go, Maisie! That's a tough one! And I don't blame you even a little bit for sticking out your tongue at your momma. Heehee!

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Four-Legged Mom said...

That's awesome!! Congrats Maisie!! Woohoo!!

Brenda, Four-Legged Mom

Of Pit Bulls and Patience said...

That's great!! Skye will leave a cookie, but she won't let me put them on her paws!

sprinkles said...

Yay, Maisie! I don't think I could train either of my boys to do that. They're both VERY impatient when it comes to food.

Rebelwerewolf said...

So cute, especially with the little tongue. Badger won't do shake either - maybe I should try the treats-on-paws trick.

K-Koira said...

It is a super adorable trick.

If it helps, Koira doesn't shake either. She will, however, wave- she just doesn't like having her paw touched while in the air (not really sure why, since she is fine with me handling her paws otherwise). Maybe that is an alternative you can try?

A very impressive, but pretty simple to teach, trick is to "close the door" which I taught by using a simple target (in my case, an x of tape on the door) and teaching a target touch. It didn't take too long of encouraging harder and harder target touches for the dogs to get the idea that they are supposed to move the door, and close the door. And it is a useful trick too, especially when my arms are fully of groceries.

Two Pitties in the City said...

Great work! We're still trying to teach Bessie-Belle things. She just learned 'sit' and she is so proud of herself (I think at her former weight, she was not able to comfortably able to sit before).

Keri Lynn said...

YAY Maisie!! Learning a new trick is always fun. I always get excited when my pup Trinity learns a new trick. It might not be exciting to everyone but to me it's awesome!

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

Great job Maisie! Mrs. said that I am more likely to grow a 4th arm than be able do this trick.

XOXOXO
Pauley James