As I mentioned in my previous post, I am re-committing to fun dog training/playing with Ricky and Lucy more this year. I've gotten a little lazy the past 6 months or more and it's not fair to them. They are super smart and they love to play and learn.
While on vacation last week, I brought along the book Chaser by John Pilley, and it gave me some ideas of things I want to try with the Ricardos. Chaser, as you may know, is a very smart Border Collie with a vocabulary of well over 1,000 words. Here's a link to a video on her you might want to check out if you've never heard about her before.
So I'll be naming Lucy and Ricky's toys, and using play games to teach them specific toy names. We'll see how it goes. I'm excited! I'm going to try this by simply playing as rewards- not with the usual treats. Sometimes they get so excited about getting the (food) treat, they seem to lose their senses, and it even seems to hinder their learning.
I'm a sucker for a good dog trick, but sometimes, it's just hard to think up what trick to teach. Lucy and Ricky already know lots of tricks, but I'm always on the lookout of new ideas. I ran across this video the other night that gave me such inspiration!