EpicTrickDogs’ Trick Challenge – Shake and Paw in Different Positions [video]

This is our entry to EpicTrickDogs’ Trick Challenge, paw and shake in different positions. Go make your entry and upload it as a video response to EpicTrickDogs’ video:

Thanks for watching! Please click on the links below.

EpicTrickDogs’ weekly challenge

EpickTrickDogs’ channel

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Java featured on DogOfTheDay

Java is today’s (June 25) DogOfTheDay!

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Teach Your Dog to Put Their Toys Away – PART 1- Shape Fest 2012 [video]

Here’s part 1 of the tutorial of how to teach your dog to put their toys away using Free Shaping. Free shaping is rewarding approximations until you reach the final behavior and not giving any prompts. The dog offers behaviors and you shape them.

Part 2 is coming soon! There isn’t much more to this trick, in fact, some of you might be able to figure out the rest. 🙂 Anyways, Tessa is still learning the trick, but I’ll post the rest of the tutorial when she’s learned it!

“Put away your toys” is a cute and helpful trick. I like using Free Shaping to teach this trick because you never get stuck having a verbal cue or pointing for you dog to get the toy. With this technique, your dog learns to go directly to the next toy after putting one away. Let me know how this works for you!


This tutorial is for the 2012 Shape Fest. Any positive dog trainers can post trick tutorials using Free Shaping, just put in the title “Shape Fest 2012.” Feel free to post your tutorial/s as a video response to this video too!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Thanks!

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Stella’s Tricks ~ week #1 [video]

Introducing Stella the goat!

Stella is a 16-week-old Nigerian Dwarf/fainting cross goat who loves learning and performing her tricks. I began clicker training with her on June 16th and boy, does she learn fast! In this video, she shows off all the tricks she has learned so far.

Thanks for watching! Leave a comment here or on YouTube…we’d love to hear from you. 🙂

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Teach your dog to open their crate using free shaping [video]

Here’s a short tutorial of how to use Free Shaping to teach your dog to open their create, go inside and close the door. Tessa already knew this trick, so she makes it look really easy. 🙂

Free shaping is rewarding approximations until you get the final behavior. You don’t use any lures or prompts.

This video is for the 2012 Shape Fest. Anyone can enter their tutorial of how to teach a trick using free shaping as long as they use only positive methods.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!




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Java’s entry to EpicTrickDogs trick challenge – leg weaves

This is Java’s entry to EpicTrickDogs’ trick challenge – leg weaves (with verbal cue only). Java is a 10 year old border collie who loves playing fetch, frisbee, learning and performing tricks, swimming and snuggling with people. For more of Java, go to this channel or our main channel:

EpicTrickDogs YouTube channel:

Thanks for watching and have a great weekend!

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Today’s Cat Training Tips – TREATS [video]

This is my cat training tip for today – what size treats to use and what value treats to use when. Even using both a high value reward and a low value reward can work wonders or at least it has for me and Mollie. 🙂

This short movie goes over two parts of treats/rewards – the size and the value.


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Cat tricks with Socks and Tulip [video]

Here is a short movie of Tulip and Socks performing the trick, “beg”. Tulip and Socks are trained with clicker training. Training is always fun and they love it. They are never forced to do anything. The cats always get rewarded for doing desirable behaviors; Tulip’s reward is wet cat food and Sock’s reward is praise. (Socks isn’t that much into food, so I used praise and attention as a reward.)

For more info about cat training, message me or read my article about cat training here on my blog:…

Thanks for watching! Feel free to make a youtube video response of your kitty doing his/her tricks. I would love to see it! 🙂


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Tessa featured on DogOfTheDay!

Tessa is the DogOfTheDay for June 13th!


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Mollie featured on CatOfTheDay!

Mollie is featured featured on CatOfTheDay today, June 11! Please go check it out.


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