Teach your dog to put their toys away – PART 2 – Shape Fest 2012 [video]

Here’s part 2 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 without giving any prompts. The dog offers behaviors and you shape them.

“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 entry to Mikamoo’s contest [video]

This is Stella’s entry to Mikamoo’s (teamtikaani1) contest. In this video, Stella walks on her back legs, does cop cop and bows. All of Stella’s tricks are trained using clicker training. Tricks are her favorite thing to do. Whenever there’s a treat present, she is busy offering behaviors trying to figure out which trick she has to do to get the treat. 🙂

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Java’s entry to Mikamoo’s contest [video]

This is Java’s entry to Mikamoo’s (teamtikaani1) contest. Java performs sit pretty, jump over a moving stick (sword fighting trick) and jump onto a rock. All of her tricks are trained using clicker training.



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Pet trick contest – round 1 (closed) [video]

This round is now closed, click here for round 2. Please go to YouTube to make your entry a video response. Thanks!


Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who has subscribed to my channel. It really means a lot to me. Thank you all so much!

I am holding a pet trick contest! Any pet may enter. Here are the rules and guidelines.

– You must be subscribed to my channel to enter
– You must train with positive reinforcement/clicker training
– Your entry must be a video response to this video

There will be three rounds. Once I have an idea of how many people will enter, I’ll know how many I’ll pick to go to the next round. This round will close July 30.

I’m still not sure what the prizes will be, but I’m thinking about creating an ebook with my own pet treat recipes and if I do, that will be the prize.

Round 1 tricks:

Nose target
Paw target
Paws up
Go between
Speak (vocalize)

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or message me. 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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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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Java’s Tricks and Agility [video]

Java performs tricks all taught with clicker training. Java is a purebred border collie who loves learning tricks, playing fetch, doing agiliy and snuggling. She is a really sweet dog and a joy to train.

In this movie, Java performs, go around my legs, jump through my arms, jump through my leg and arm, leg weaves, go under and over my leg, jump over my leg, wide circles, jump through my legs, roll over, go between, sit, sit pretty, jump over the stick, sword fighting trick, agility tunnel, agility jumps, boing, put away your toys.

This is our entry to KayKay77242’s trick and agility contest. Please enter if you haven’t already.




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

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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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Fun with the hose [video]

Tessa has loved water ever since she was a young puppy. She especially loves the hose. I have taken advantage of this by using it as a reward.


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Smiling Horse [video]

Here is a short movie of my friend’s horse, Hulani, smiling. My friend taught Hulani this trick.

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