Category Archives: Trick Tuesday

Trick Tuesday: Double Dog Tricks!

I posted this video once before, but it was way back in May, in the very beginnings of this blog, so I thought that I would share it again now that we’ve grown and blossomed!  As I said previously, I think that double dog tricks are just darn awesome … they’re like watching a little dose of organized chaos (at least that’s the case with my pups anyway :)).  I am currently working with Diesel and Kylie on a new, exciting double dog trick that will hopefully be ready to debut by next week’s Trick Tuesday (so keep an eye out!).  In the meantime, sit back and enjoy some double trouble with the merley monsters.

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Trick Tuesday: Puppy Fetch!

I know that fetching is not exactly a trick, per se, but I don’t think that I have shared this video yet and looking back on this, 8-week-old baby Kylie was pretty cute/awesome.  🙂

Trick Tuesday: Purin the Super Beagle

If you haven’t yet seen this video, you must watch it!  This is Purin the Super Beagle.  I have never seen a dog catch a ball with his paws, and I must say, this trick is wildly original and impressive.  Enjoy!  🙂

Trick Tuesday: How to Train Your Dog to Jump Into Your Arms

Every Tuesday, I am going to try and blog about dog tricks.  “Trick Tuesday” might include a trick tutorial video, a video of my dogs performing a newly learned trick, a written explanation of a trick, a neat trick that I’ve found and would like to try, etc.

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I made this trick tutorial video, “How to train your dog to jump into your arms”, last fall.  This is one of Kylie’s favorite tricks and it’s one that I use at the end of agility runs since the dog is then caught and ready to exit the course.  Every dog that I have taught this trick to seems to enjoy performing it and it’s a fun trick that bystanders enjoy watching.

Before you begin training this trick, make sure of several things.

  1. Make sure that your dog is full-grown, is in good health with no soundness issues, and is in shape.  Depending on the size of your dog and the height you are asking him to jump up, this trick can be physically demanding.
  2. Make sure that you are comfortable with picking your dog up off the ground, from a standstill.  If your dog is too big/heavy for you to pick him up off the ground, you are definitely not going to want him to launch himself into your arms!
  3. As with any trick, adjust to your dog’s learning curve.  Just like people, some dogs pick up things faster than others.  The more positive and exciting you make training, the quicker your dog is going to learn and the happier he will be to work with you.  And just like people, dogs have various attention spans.  It’s better to break training up into many mini-sessions than to try and force feed everything in one big session.  You know your dog – adjust to what fits!

Please let me know what you all think of “Trick Tuesday” and if you have any questions regarding any component of this trick, please ask!  Hope you all enjoy!  🙂