I recently taught Miles the “play dead” trick. I used treats and the clicker, and broke it up into parts. First I had him down, then lay on his side, then hold still, and last of all, added in the “bang” verbal and visual cues to give the set of motions a name. He learned the trick quickly, despite being unsure at first about the laying on his side part. It is a vulnerable position, but his fears subsided when he realized he got tasty treats, and how much people like the trick! The best part of the trick is Miles’ hilarious version of it. I’ve decided to leave a good thing alone…
Emma Kesler, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a terrier behavior specialist who has been conducting live online sessions and behavior consultations for nearly a decade. Emma shares her life with her Welsh Terrier, Miles. When Miles was young he was deemed "impossible to train" by a veterinarian and several trainers, who recommended resorting to old punishment-based methods. The quest to figure out how to work terriers in new and different ways became Emma's passion. Miles is Emma's trusted copilot, has set many performance records for terriers, and best of all, helps Emma coach others on how to share absolutely wonderful lives with their terriers.
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