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I’ve had a couple of people ask me about this trick.
If you are playing along at home, please let me know how you’re going with your tricks, if you’re having any problems (maybe I can help!?) if you’re succeeding, if I’m giving you too many assignments too quickly.
This trick was one of the early ones I taught to Lumen- I think she had a natural tendency to barge between my legs though anyway so it was a pretty natural progression from there.
For this trick, I think it would be helpful if your dog it used to playing with its feet- eg, experimenting while shaping by using its feet to touch things, climb on things, etc. It’s only front feet this time and most dogs seem to have a better understanding of their front feet over their rear feet.
So, here’s what you do.
edited: in case you feel lazy, you can just watch a video instead!!!
It’s a bit of trial and error to get to the standing on your feet bit, but once they get it you’ll be right…
Eventually your dog should get one foot one, and then it’s a matter of getting them to put the other on… as most dogs are left or right-paw dominant, one will be easier than the other. I wouldn’t necessarily worry about having two paws on at once at first if you need to work on the non-dominant paw… I’d probably want them to understand that either/or paw can go on, particularly the non-dominant paw, and from there start waiting it out once one paw is on your foot to see if they move the other one.
For the walking, you just start small, even just shifting your weight and clicking them for staying on your feet. Then a little step, click for staying on your feet. Keep doing this, step by step, until you can take a few steps in a row before rewarding.
I didn’t name this trick, apart from the circling around and through my legs bit- she knows if she goes through, she should probably stand on my feet next. I suppose you could name it if you want.
My dog isn’t moving its feet or doing anything.
So I’d probably recommend other tricks to get your dog thinking about its feet, eg. paw touches/targets, standing on shoes (not on your feet), climbing on a saucepan, etc. I also helped get Lumen’s attention sometimes by wiggling my toes if I had my shoes off. The movement helped her focus on my feet and she figured she probably needed to do something with them. Like I said, you can use food a bit to help shift your dog’s weight to encourage them to move their feet, too.
My dog hops off whenever I move forward.
Work on just staying still but shifting your weight like you’re about to take a step but don’t really take a step. Get the dog to understand that their job is to keep its feet on yours.
Let me know if you have any other problems and I’ll post the questions up here, and happy training!