Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday Training: Weaving and Figure Eights

Well it's the end of January - how did that happen so fast!! Oh well, hopefully it will bring us that much closer to spring :).

Now for the tricks...

I took Monday's targeting behavior and used it to help build two tricks that are similar but different :) LOL. The first is figure eights through my legs. This is harder for her than you would think. She loves to be between my legs so that aspect is a positive; however, she has a really hard time twisting and turning her body so curving around my legs can get interesting! The nice thing about this trick is that it will help her become more limber :).

Here is she doing the figure eight with a food lure. This was the first time we put it all together and you can see how much she lacks body awareness :).

I tend to do a food lure once or twice and then I go directly to hand lures with no treats. I don't want my dogs to get dependent on having food in my hands. You'll hear me in the below video tell Nicholas that I don't know if it will work {without food} because she had only done it twice. I should give her more credit LOL :).

I also built on the figure eight idea by having her weave through my legs while walking. So far (crossing fingers) she has not tripped me :). I again started out with a food lure and basically fed her each time she went through my legs.

By this time Monday had somewhat figured out the game. She got a little cute and tried to anticipate :). At least she loves to 'play'!

So here she is without the treats, but still having a hand lure.

We still have some work to do for finesse but she has the general behavior figured out. Now I will work on putting it on cue and also fading most of the hand lures. Fine-tuning if you will :)

Can your dogs do figure eights or weave? Monday says to give it a try! :)


  1. LOVE IT! What a fun thing to do. Jedi and I are going to try it when I get home.

    1. You'll have to let me know how he does! :)