GreeGree graduates from her puppy class in a couple of weeks, and at graduation, we are all supposed to perform a trick we taught outside of class. Not a problem, she already knows a few, like "whack it" with a paw, "bouncy, bouncy", and of course, she retrieves goldenly Emotion: smile
But I want to chain something cute, of the "go to the fridge and get me a beer" ilk. Here's a few I'm considering:
1) Using the "whack it" to paw the ground to count, add, subtract, etc. (Shewould keep going until I give a signal to stop, a la Clever Hans.) Perhaps I could stump her with a square root or something (puzzled head tilt?) and she could go get a calculator out of my training bag, whack it a few times and then paw out the answer.
2) Puull off my socks. (I've seen this done and it's way cute when thesocks stretch to a few feet long.) Then maybe say her prayers before lying down and pulling the covers over herself?
3) Having someone spread out a bag of nuts in the shells, bring me one, uponwhich I write (as I put my scent on it) GreeGree's name, and then toss it back out among all the others and have her retrieve "her" nut.

So, what's your favorite "Stupid Pet Trick"?
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GreeGree graduates from her puppy class in a couple of weeks, and at graduation, we are all supposed to perform ... toss itback out among all the others and have her retrieve "her" nut. So, what's your favorite "Stupid Pet Trick"?

My dog pees on command. I think that's a pretty cool trick.

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One that gets a big reaction is a trick an acquaintance's dog knows. He lies on his blanket, grabs one corner and does a roll over so that he's rolled him self up.

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My dog pees on command. I think that's a pretty cool trick.

Doesn't count. That's not stupid. That's useful in housetraining, not burning grass, getting ready for long trips.
Lia
If I point my hand in the shape of a gun at Guinness and say "Bang!" he falls down on his side, "dead". If I shoot him again, he twitches. The third time he just lies still.
This all happened because I tried to teach him to roll over, and he would only go as far as his side.
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My dog pees on command. I think that's a pretty cool trick.

Doesn't count. That's not stupid. That's useful in housetraining, not burning grass, getting ready for long trips. Lia

It's is a must if you take your dogs on long trips, IMO. I can't imagine not doing this. Not to mention Agility, herding or any other sport training. Since it is a huge, "no, no" for dogs to pee or poop in the Agility field and or herding area. For obvious reasons.

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If I point my hand in the shape of a gun at Guinness and say "Bang!" he falls down on his side, "dead". If I shoot him again, he twitches. The third time he just lies still.

A visiting friend once taught Orson to lay on his back, paws up, when she pointed her fingers like a gun and said 'bang, bang!'

This was the weekend before DH and Orson had their final obedience class.

At the instructor's request, DH said to Orson 'down!' and Orson flipped onto his back, paws up.
We don't do 'bang, bang!' anymore.
Cate
One that gets a big reaction is a trick an acquaintance's dog knows. He lies on his blanket, grabs one corner and does a roll over so that he's rolled him self up.

I taught my parent's doxie to roll over when I said "sit down". It sat, when you'd say SIT..but sit down meant roll over, was kinda stupid and funny.
GreeGree graduates from her puppy class in a couple of weeks, and at graduation, we are all supposed to perform ... to chain something cute, of the "go to the fridge and get me abeer" ilk. Here's a few I'm considering:

Dino had a very cute trick which took advantage of his long collie beak. To do it right, we needed one of those tall box type of Kleenex, not the long flat-ish ones. To make it more interesting the box would be way over on the other side of the room.
So this was Dino's best trick:
I would do a really fake sneeze, Dino would look at me brightly, then run over to the Kleenex box, grabbed a single tissue and bring it to me. I thanked him (Politeness counts). I would then do another bigger even flakier sneeze, Dino then would run over to the box but instead of grabbing a single tissue, he would stick his long nose all the way into the Kleenex box hole. With his nose pointing upwards and basically wearing it, he would bring the whole box to me. I thanked him profusely for being so thoughtful.
Dino had a most excellent sense of humor and seemed to understand the idea of jokes. Carrying a Kleenix box on his nose often tickled his sinuses and he sometimes sneezed after I took it off his nose. That always got a laugh from the audience. That was all the encouragement he needed and he started to offer his own fake sneezes. We would sometimes do dueling sneezes (a la Dueling Banjos). I would make a fake sneeze, Dino would freeze, then give me a sly sideway look and do his own version of a fake sneeze.

I shot a sneeze back, he sneezed and so on. Sometimes his fake sneezes were really lame - more like a wuffle-snort. I called him on it (We gotta maintain some sort of standards) I would put my hands on my hips and challenge him: "you call That a sneeze?" He often responded with nose pokes and a laughing dance around me.
I still miss that jolly old coot.
Chris and her smoothies,
Zeffie and Pablo
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