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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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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Entry for MyAmazingPupJemma’s Contest – round 1 [video]

Java and Tessa’s entry for MyAmazingPupJemma’s trick and agilty contest, round 1. We had so much fun making this movie. Here’s the link to the contest video:

Java and Tessa are trained with Clicker Training. They love learning and performing tricks, swimming, playing fetch and frisbee and spending time with the family. They love learning and are a joy to train.


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Tessa’s final round entry for eliluvsdice’s contest [video]

This is the our entry for the third and final round of eliluvsdice’s contest. We had lots of fun learning the tricks for it and I had a lot of fun making the movie. πŸ™‚

It’s funny. I always enter the day before the contest closes. πŸ™‚

The music in this video can be found at: Freeplay Music


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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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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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Pool fun with Java and Tessa [video]

Java and Tessa enjoyed a swim in the pool this afternoon. It is getting really warm here.

The music in this video can be found at: Freeplay Music

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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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Tessa’s Birthday! [video]

Today is Tessa’s first birthday. In the morning she got “human food” breakfast. Later in the day, she celebrated her birthday with her friends, Chloe and Jak and had cupcakes and ice cream.

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