I am going to be completely honest: besides a "bow" Wilhelm, Brychwyn and Huxley don't know any tricks. It's true. No "roll over." No "play dead." No "high five." Not even "gimme paw." Nothing. I have trained a lot of basics that lead to tricks and we have made games out of trick training but I have never proofed an actual trick. Never. It's not that I don't want the dogs to know tricks. It's not that I don't know how to train literally hundreds of tricks. It's not that the dogs and I don't enjoy training. It's just that we have had other major focuses in our training. With three working dogs, I often let them decide what they want their job to be. And since our cross country road trip last year, all of them have grown to love their job of posing for pictures.
Do you, your dog or any of your pets have a favorite trick? Tell us about it in the comments or link up a "tricky" post on the Linky list below (the list is open for seven days!) We co-host the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop on the first Monday of each month with Dachshund Nola and Tenacious Little Terrier. Please join us on Monday, July 7th, when our theme will be sharing recent training triumphs, successes and goals. As always, any posts about positive based training are welcome. Happy training!