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I was shaping for something else entirely last night--curling nose to her tail with the thought of resuming attempts at 'fetch your tail and bring it' or if she offered anything in the direction of 'fling that towel over the top of your head' like shaking her head, I'd take it--and outta the blue she happily offered

she did a few things
and then just started backing up and tucking herself through my legs
(which was something a couple of years ago we had tried to learn but she could not get, offering heal only, so I shelved it)
and then I started to move she just moved with me like she'd been doing that forever...
it happened with no effort all in like two minutes.

Tricks never happen that fast with Stel. She always stresses a little. Stops using her imagination. Starts and stops. Gets insecure. I don't know what I did differently, but it was just so breathtakingly easy. She did it once and we had it.


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Feb. 12th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
BAAAAAAAAAAAhahahah, she acts like you've been asking for that for YEARS!
Feb. 12th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
i know, right? maybe she's just getting it that she gets to make up stuff as much as i get to when the clicker comes out... or more. hope so. this could be cool
Feb. 13th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
Very cute. It could be part of a dance.
Feb. 13th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
she does seem to like freestyle... i bet during these rehab weeks you could be doing freestyle with Matilda and she'd really like it
Feb. 13th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
Good idea. Do I find instruction from youtube?
Feb. 13th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
heres a good one to start with... she breaks it into sessions

look for vids on specific moves or beginning canine freestyle?
Feb. 13th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
That would have been good to see when I was trying the grapevine for Bobbie Lyons' class. Now I can try it again. I had already found a freestyle video with turns with a cane with this same person that looked like good beginning exercises. I'll look for more of her videos.
Feb. 13th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
this guy is one of the freestyle stars - he does a demo, you could try some of this
Feb. 13th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, those look like good tricks, too.
Feb. 13th, 2013 07:54 am (UTC)
Freaking great! Just great! I think you are amazing
Feb. 13th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
i'm not amazing. puuuleez. the dog, she be ALL
Feb. 13th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Latent learning is very cool.
Feb. 13th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
latent learning... so that's what was that was? interesting. now i have to find something to read on that.

i was thinking the dog brain, like ours, is just ready to try stuff at some times and not others
Feb. 13th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
And I think frustration over learning a new behavior, the dog reverts back to another one and voila! Used to happen with Zoe all the time, months or years later. Whispy was the queen of latent learning. I used to say she'd go to her crate and think about it a few days and then understand the behavior.
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