Put Your ‘Paws’ Up in the Air

January 14, 2011 § 4 Comments

Maple now comprehends basic commands such as ‘Sit’, ‘Stay’, ‘Down’, and ‘Heel’ so I thought it would be fun to jazz up the routine with a new trick. MM suggested that we teach Maple how to play dead with the ‘Bang’ command. We don’t practice ‘Bang’ very often with Maple, perhaps one session on alternate days and no more than five repeated attempts per session. Maple is certainly motivated by food and she will usually comply, but only after so many times before she starts to pout!

We begin by commanding Maple to assume the ‘Down’ position. With our thumb-like trigger and index finger pointing at Maple, we say ‘Bang’ (with an exclamation mark). Most of the time, Maple would stare at us blankly. We would then have to coax her onto her side by gently rolling her body over, all the while repeating the word ‘Bang’. Once on her side, we apply the ‘Stay’ command. We use the word ‘OK’ to release Maple, followed by a tasty treat and lots of praise.

Maple hasn’t quite mastered this trick and I suspect it will be some time more before she gets it down pat. After all, it takes about five bangs for Maple to finally roll over and play dead. Perhaps Maple believes she’s born with an anatomy made of steel, or maybe she imagines herself wearing a bullet-proof vest. Either way, she is one tough little pup!

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§ 4 Responses to Put Your ‘Paws’ Up in the Air

  • Doyo says:

    That is just adorable! Beautiful pictures, too. She looks hilarious in the second picture, completely oblivious to the fact that she’s been shot! LOL

  • TOto's mommy says:

    Poodle’s intelligence are 2nd on the list, and just below Border collie and it only take them to repeat the command 5x to learn a new tricks!

    Westie takes about 25 repeititon to learn a new trick, duhz! Hahaha I have to have more patience huh …

    • I’ve watched TOto in action via the YouTube videos and he’s a smart cookie! TOto knows so many commands and tricks—very impressive. The trouble with Maple is that, after learning something new, she’ll respond only on her own terms! It all depends on her mood… LOL…

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