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Rockin' and then Rollin'

Razzle LOVES the skateboard. He thinks it's squeal and scream worthy. And pounce on it and hug it an flip it over and over and lick it obsessively exciting.
So it's been hard to actually make progress. He's not even really interested in the yummyest treats when there is a skateboard on the floor. So I've been working on just getting him get his head and be calm around the skateboard and we made progress with that finally when he realized the skateboard might go away if he didn't.
So I did get him to sit and get ahold of his brain. But tHe next sticking point was that other than jumping on or pouncing on it he wasn't really getting it to roll. He was basically just tipping the front end up and dancing around it... He did some nice pivots.
When I asked Silvia for suggestions she warned me yeah don't let it be too exciting. She knew of a dog with Razzle's crazy passion for the skateboard that then transferred to the teeter and it was a HUGE problem later. Oh dear.
Anyway, genius that she is, Silvia suggested I work with him on a rolling office chair first to teach him to control the motion with his back legs. I got the husband's chair out of the home office (he was at work) and at first he was jumping all four feet in and sending it across the floor like that and I was all uh oh. But I asked him to perch and after a total of two minutes I had him back on the skateboard pushing it across the floor awesomely.
I think he's really going to like skateboarding...



http://youtu.be/0KBpOm39lSo


I didn't have the video on for the first all four into the office chair flying across the room. Wish I did. He's so funny.

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nosemovie
Apr. 2nd, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
another thing you can do is put duct tape on the wheels of the skate board so it doesn't roll so quickly. I think sometimes the very quick movement of a skate board is super exciting to some dogs. If the tape on the wheels doesn't slow it down enough, try it on carpet or other non-rolly surfaces!

He looks great on BOTH the chair and the skate board!
dinahprincedaly
Apr. 2nd, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
we started on carpet. and because he wasn't moving it I moved to the kitchen...
it wasn't even that it was moving that made it exciting---i have no idea what was in that blue merle brain!!!
mainly he would cry and lick it so obsessively. i worried. but then just making him sit first really helped. just a simple sit collected him. how cool to know that now.
matildasmom
Apr. 2nd, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
Wow! he's doing a great job on the skateboard. I'd never know he had been over the top with it before.
dinahprincedaly
Apr. 2nd, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
i need to find him a flat parking lot that no one uses to practice in... i think with practice he will be great
penichops
Apr. 2nd, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
I liked it with the chair too, that would surely build abs?

You've done a great job with calming the skateboard, I would never have known he was a mental slobbering nutball for it 😄
dinahprincedaly
Apr. 3rd, 2015 03:15 am (UTC)
Yeah. He was scary. Out of control. But this also gives me hope that he will one day be able to watch agility without screaming and totally going mental about it...
teaguestoy
Apr. 2nd, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
that is awesome - yeah, it's often perplexing when they just get WAHOO and can't think - why THAT and not THIS? funny funny beasties. Nice job switching that around.
dinahprincedaly
Apr. 3rd, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
It's the intense licking and drooling oh my gad that was such a surprise. I'm so very very pleased that his interest in trying to figurie out what I wanted finally trumped his berserk-o-ness...

talesofmyboys
Apr. 3rd, 2015 03:03 am (UTC)
That Silvia truly is a genius. Really nice work with Razz!
dinahprincedaly
Apr. 3rd, 2015 03:25 am (UTC)
I wish I could buy like a life long package of Silvia tutoring. She saved us many many frustrating hours.
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