She likes tricks. She understands them to be the secret of treat dispensing. Hang around long enough, and she will eventually put her moves on you.
Her recent favorite...
And if that fails to produce the desired reaction, the big guns come out: Pink Belly. (As in, "see my little, pink belly? Isn't it SO CUTE that you want to give me the treat and/or toy that you have???")
|"Does this do it for you???"|
In the typical dog form, she will run through the routine, turning her tricks, attempting to engage me in her own brand of puppy prostitution. To spice things up for me, the "John," I decided it was time to add to the arsenal. Johns like variety.
Having seen the viral picture of the mastiff hugging the cute little baby under one arm, I thought I would try to teach this behavior to the Dog. Not having a baby I wished to sacrifice to the learning process, I determined that an adorable stuffed animal would be sufficient and less illegal.
Wiggle Puppy was the brave volunteer.
|"Hi! I am a little scared! You haven't said what it is we will be doing yet...What's the Dog doing here???"|
We started with getting her to just touch the bar, first with both paws, then just one when she became comfortable. The surface was slick, and that actually helped. She had to make a sort of claw to hang on to it and this gave me the hook shape I wanted after a few click-treats.
Next, I propped the bar on my shoulder at a slant and clicked first just touching with her paw, then only when she grasped it.
|I imagine velociraptors grasped similarly...|
|Why is this picture orange??|
|"Um, what is up with the pole dancing stuffed puppy?"|
Epilogue: Wiggle Puppy has now entered protective custody after his stint as a volunteer for the Dog. I will have to find her a more sturdy playmate while we perfect this trick- Wiggle was very floppy. And his stuffing comes out too easily.
I thought maybe a Weeble? They wobble, but they don't fall down.