I said I’d blog about Kasper’s new trick, so here it is!
I think I mentioned a few posts ago that I am working on getting Kasper to ‘wave’ his left paw. He picked it up really quickly and is doing great 🙂
Well, another trick we’re practicing is ‘beg’. That is Kasper sits on his back legs and raises his front paws in the air, balancing on his back feet.
We have been practicing this on and off for about three weeks, but it’s only this past week or so that it really ‘clicked’ for him. I’ve been using a hand signal rather than a verbal cue, because I can make the hand signal really obvious and use it as a lure, then once he’s got it down I can fade it.
HOWEVER, Kasper had other ideas!
I guess a few times I must have said “Can you do it again?” whilst moving my hand into the signal…I did this completely without meaning to. So one time I said, still without realising, “can you do it again?” I didn’t even have enough time to do the hand signal and Kasper had done the beg trick! So clever boy Kasper came to understand that “can you do it again?” meant to do the trick I wanted to call ‘beg’!!
Of course I could re-train the trick to “beg”, but I personally find it hilarious and cute that Kasper chose his own cue…so “Can you do it again?” stays 🙂
And what would a blog be without photos? 😉
“Hey Kasper, can you do it again?”
So much concentration XD
He has incredible balance 🙂
And Zoey is still practicing waiting on the couch whilst I work with Kasper on the floor…she is doing far, far better than I ever could have imagined. Clever girl!
(and yes Kasper is wearing his Ruffwear front range harness, we’ve had it over 3 months now and it still looks new! Kasper doesn’t mind wearing it at all and it’s holding up very well – would still recommend 😉 )