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 an award winning certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Dog Trainer who has worked exclusively virtually with clients from across the world for the past decade. Emma shares her life with her Welsh Terrier copilot Miles.
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