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…
Love the wagging tail on the "dead" dog!!
This has got to be one of my favorites so far.