So far, Loki's best trick is his "bow." It was a little serendipitous how I taught it to him in the first place. Teaching that trick is actually not that easy. Dogs sometimes will go straight into a down rather than a bow. I won't divulge my super secret methods in training the bow, but suffice it to say, it isn't actually perfect yet. Loki sometimes does these "cheater" bows where he'll just stamp his front paws and lightly lower his chest like an inch thinking that's good enough. What I want him to do is hold the bow, low, without putting his butt down. And depending upon his drive and his anxiety level, his bows become shorter and shorter. Which means I need to work on his duration in the position in order to drive the point home.
Here is at a beach class performing his bow in front of an audience. In this environment, on a scale of 1-10 (10 being high, 1 being none),Loki's drive is 15 and his anxiety is 47. See what that does to his trick performance.
Loki bows in 0.000006 seconds.
"Bow, Ok, bam, I'm down."
Me still cuing the bow, the trick's not over. Elapsed time: 0.75 seconds.
"Hey I bowed, I'm ready for the goods."
"Dude, you're so not done yet, I said, 'boooooowwww.'"
"Lady, if you don't pay me my just reward, I'll be forced to whip out my kung fu on you."
"O.K. lets start over. Calm down you little crack pot. You're making me look bad."
"Lady, YOU'RE the one giving ME a bad rap. But whatever. I'm juiced and ready to roll."
"Ok, we did this already, I didn't get paid for it so maybe I'll just stick my but up...then..."
"Then I'll walk over to this side here and...
"Ok, the bi-ped is still doing that bow thing, so maybe she wants me to do it from this side..."
"Pay attention bi-ped, here's your damn bow, ."
"I believe this is just like they bow in my home country and all of Asia."
"Are you satisfied bi-ped?
Give me the treat or this time I will really will pull out my kung fu!"
Meanwhile, Juno is very lady like in performing her best trick, the Juno Mind Trick.
"Juno 'sit pretty'."
"Dude, I am already pretty. That trick name is about as creative as paint by numbers. But here you go."
Juno: "That is not your hot dog. This is not the sibe you're looking for."
"Hotdog, come to momma!"
"Ah yes, sweet reward for such a silly game."
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