Saturday, June 07, 2008

Sharp As a Bowling Ball

I love my dog and she is still young and learning. She has mastered the art of "going" outside, she has sit pretty much down, she can lay and she understands shake. Yet other things she does not quite get like walking on a leash (work in progress) and fetch. But the big trick I've been working on to no avail is something pretty simple, catch a treat when I throw it. Usually she sits there like in the picture and the treat bounces off her nose. After it lands on the floor she goes over and eats it.

The wife gave me the suggestion of "throw it higher." Maybe she doesn't realize that she can catch it, if it's higher it might register in her brain to open her mouth. I loft a treat into the air, it reaches the apex, descends and all I hear is DONK!!! That was the sound of a hard treat meeting her forehead, I laughed and then was worried Lucy was hurt. No she wasn't hurt, she started looking around for the treat. Either my dog is slow or she is too smart, she doesn't have to catch the treat, just pick it off the ground. I'm hoping for too smart.


Levy said...

Oh, poor Lucy... She's so young and you're already thinking she's stupid.

Drea can't catch treats, either. I bounce them off her nose all the time. Maybe try standing off to the side. It could be like in baseball, where they say sometimes the hardest fly balls to catch are the ones hit directly to you.

Drea doesn't fetch, either. It's just not her thing. Some dogs don't do it. I will tell you, though, that for things like that where there are multiple actions you want the dog to do (ie, get the ball, and bring it back), you have to teach them in reverse order. So, you have to figure out a way to teach Lucy that bringing the ball to you is a good thing. Then you teach going to get the ball in the first place.

Good luck with the tricks. Personally, I don't care if a dog can do tricks. If they don't come when called, knowing how to "shake" means absolutely nothing.

Samantha said...

Maybe... the dog follows the examples of the owner... stupid is as stupid does