I was speechless when the little girl asked –
Does Harley know any dog tricks?
I told her no without an additional explanation and she seemed satisfied with my answer.
The following week we were back at the Children’s Hospital visiting old friends and making new ones when the same question came up again! #differentchild
My answer this time was slightly different –
He’s doing his only trick right now, laying here making you smile.
At the time it sounded like a classic line from one of those “Holiday Hallmark movies” but on the way home I cringed as I recalled my cheesy response over and over again. #solame
As I thought about it, if there’s a trick that Harley actually knows, he’s taught himself and does it when he feels like it.
Take ball balancing for instance…
I AM FASCINATED –
with dogs who “do tricks.” They always capture my attention and ignite my imagination.
In fact, I’ve been known to see one, get super excited, and then dedicate almost 3 days trying to train mine to do the same thing. #unsuccessfuleverytime
Ask my husband how many times I’ve dragged PVC piping home from Lowe’s begging him to cut it into various dimensions so I can erect some contraption in the backyard, because
I’m gonna teach them how to do this trick baby, and then we’ll be on the Ellen Show and the Boys will be famous.
BUT DID I HAVE ANY REAL PLAN? –
Nope. Not at all! #nada
I remember last year, I wanted Jaxson to jump into my arms as I stood in the middle of the pool.
Keep in mind –
- he’d never jumped in my arms ever before #notevenondryland
- he’d never been in a pool before
I gave it a good 20 minutes. The first few times he jumped in (no where near me) and swam right past me…
When I finally got him to associate me as his human and not a buoy, he swam up to me but crawled into my arms…
This caused me to reevaluate my jacked up plan immediately.
I realized this –
- wasn’t going to happen in one day
- wasn’t my pool so I couldn’t practice regularly either
MY NEW QUEST –
I’ve been casually surfing the internet this holiday weekend looking at a few “how to” dog trick videos.
I want to start with the basics – something really, really, easy – so we can feel “good about ourselves.”
I intend to share my progress with you, because I know you all care #pleasecare
My first attempt with be the “high five” trick. They say it’s one of the easiest, and I promise to provide video footage once we’ve mastered this little maneuver…
MY INQUIRING MIND –
would really like to know if you’ve had any success in teaching your dog tricks., If so – #sellusyoursecrets.
If you can relate to this post. Or if you’re like me – loving a “trick-less dog” then let’s train together.
When it comes to dogs, tricks, and sticking to it – for me – it takes a
village Pet Community!
Thanks for stopping by – Have a safe and Happy 4th of July