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. πŸ™‚

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:

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Thanks for watching and have a great weekend!

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Tessa’s Roll Over – Entry to EpicTrickDogs’ Weekly Challenge [video]

This is Tessa’s entry to EpicTrickDogs’ weekly trick challenge. EpicTrickDogs is a new shared YouTube channel featuring dog tricks, tutorials, dog sports, trick challenges and more! Please go to their channel and subscribe!

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New frisbee trick – jump over my legs [video]

I Β just taught Tessa the “Jump over my legs” catch for when you are sitting on the ground. I had already been doing those multiple frisbee drills (what I was doing at the beginning) so it was really easy for her to learn this.

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Tessa tries to howl with peanut butter in her mouth [video]

Tessa attempts to howl while trying to lick peanut butter off her lips.


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Java’s trick show [video]

Java did a short trick show as a fundraiser for our school. She did really well considering that there was a mini horse, steer and dunk tank. She enjoyed all the attention.

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Another frisbee practice – “3 in 1” throws [video]

Here is another movie of me and Tessa practicing the “3 in 1” frisbee throw catches. I am really working on getting her to keep running after a catch. She is doing really well. Pretty soon, she’ll be catching all the frisbees in the same throw!

Stay tuned for more! πŸ™‚

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Training sessions – Tulip and Socks [video]

Here is a short movie of the training sessions that I did today with Tulip and Socks. I am in the process of teaching Tulip to touch her nose to the end of a target stick.

Socks is the sweetest little kitty, but doesn’t care at all about treats or food. She would rather rub against me, sit in my lap or have me et her. This is really sweet, but makes motivating her in training a little trickier, so I am experimenting using praise and attention as a reward.

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Clicker training with Tulip the cat [video]

I have been training Tulip, one of our outdoor cats, she is so smart! I have been clicker training her for about a week now. She is so much fun to train. πŸ™‚

We have four cats (Socks, Stripes, Tulip and Mollie). I have been able to train three of them, but Socks is a bit of a challenge. She is so affectionate and doesn’t care about the food (canned cat food) at all, she just wants to rub against me or sit in my lap. If you can help me with this, please email me or leave a comment. Thanks. πŸ™‚

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Tessa plays frisbee – 3 frisbees in one throw catches [video]

I am in the process of teaching Tessa the “3 frisbees in one throw catch” (I’m not sure what it’s called.) It is the throw where you stack 3 frisbees on each other and throw them, then the dog catches one, drops it, catches another, drops it, and catches the last one.

I’m not sure how to teach this, so I’m just experimenting with this method. If you have any suggestions, please let me know and if you happened to know what this throw is called, please tell me. Thanks. πŸ™‚

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