German Shepherd Dog > Trick ideas? (14 replies)
by macrowe1 on 02 November 2011 - 22:40
I have a GSD pup who just turned a year old. I've trained her in obedience and am beginning to work her in Schutzhund. I would love to teach her some more tricks to keep her mind going. She knows the typical Sit, Stay, Down, Heel. Any ideas of other fun tricks to teach?
by VitoManiac on 02 November 2011 - 23:22
|I've been working with mine for a few days on the "speak" command. He's starting to get there already and has also learnt to give his paw and then "other one".|
by YogieBear on 02 November 2011 - 23:25
|Tricks? I am not following that.......If you are training in schutzhund - then you need to teach the routine......Break it down - and teach each part.........that will keep you busy enough...................parlor tricks aren't needed - just teaching the routine will be enough to keep YOU busy for a long time................................... sit stay, down..........does she really know it in schutzhund terms..........? Parlor tricks won't get you a schutzhund title - it will just get you a clap from a person that doesn't know anything about training dogs............. and a raised eye brow from a schutzhund handler........................|
Just my opinion.
edited: the speak command in my opinion is part of schutzhund....... it helps in the bark and hold........ but give me your paw..........come on........that is for a pet.......no place for schutzhund - where is that in the routine for any schutzhund title?...... if you are not a professional trainer - and you work a full time job........just teaching the routine in it's many parts will keep you busy enough.... and teaching your dog "parlor tricks" won't do anything but prolong your training in schutzhund......
by Slamdunc on 03 November 2011 - 00:41
|My dog waves "goodbye" to the bad guy before he is taken away. He wears sunglasses at demos and waves "Hi" to the kids. He can opens car doors and takes a "bow." In addition to everything else he does which is way more involved than his tricks.|
by beetree on 03 November 2011 - 01:20
|...plus it is fun, huh, Boomer! LOL Up high! |
by Nans gsd on 03 November 2011 - 01:37
|Yeah Boomer, what a cool, cool, boy.|
OK: How about doing some hide-n-seek at home, find this find that; also get my shoes, get your ball, toy, stuffed toy, etc. Go get the your dog dish, put a bell at the door for them to go outside, learn to prey and bow. learn to count, of course fetch, vacuum, clean windows. Have fun teaching them. Nan
by Dawulf on 03 November 2011 - 02:48
|Our dogs are pets first... titles are just silly pieces of paper in comparison.|
Besides... those "parlor tricks" can be taught any time of the day, anywhere. How many of you hike out in two feet of snow to train during the middle of winter? Or how about braving one of those torrential downpour type thunderstorms?
"hi-5", "shake" and "wave" are pretty much basic obedience in our house.
by Slamdunc on 03 November 2011 - 03:40
|How many of you hike out in two feet of snow to train during the middle of winter? Or how about braving one of those torrential downpour type thunderstorms?|
I do and I have. I thought I was going to get struck by lightning one time tracking in a torrential downpour. I watched the lightning strike in the field several hundred yards away as I tracked. My track was covered by 2 inches of water in a matter of minutes. I left my folding knife at the end as an article and didn't want to loose it. Boomer was a young dog and did an awesome track. The whole time I was picturing the headlines of me being hit by lightning tracking my dog.
by Jyl on 03 November 2011 - 05:52
|Jim, I could see that picture vividly of you tracking... funny but very scary at the same time. Glad Boomer found your knife..lol.|
by VKGSDs on 03 November 2011 - 12:10
|My Schutzhund dog does shake, touch (I hold my hand high and he jumps up and touches it w/ his nose), speak, whisper, "bang!" (I point at him like I have a pistol and he falls on his side "dead"), roll over, under (he comes between my legs and I can do silly heeling with him there), spin (spins in a full circle), go around (he will run out and around whatever object I point to). I can also direct him to go out and jump over things and he will retrieve anything not just a dumbbell. He does a right finish, a left finish, and will flip left finish to heel position when he's doing the "under". He can also weave in and out of my legs as I walk but it's not that cool looking since he's so big I can't really walk normally, lol.|
YogieBear, doing silly tricks has zero effect on our Schutzhund performance. All of these tricks each took about five minutes each to teach the dog.
by Slamdunc on 03 November 2011 - 12:56
by charity on 03 November 2011 - 13:08
|No "Darwin" award for you, Jim. We need ya around for your great advice, common sense approach and humor.|
I bet the kids love the sunglasses and wave!
by Slamdunc on 04 November 2011 - 00:25
Thanks! No Darwin award just yet, maybe an honorable mention every now and then. The sunglasses and wave are a big hit, so is opening the car door. The car door thing is going to get me in trouble one day when he opens the door of the wrong car.
by macrowe1 on 04 November 2011 - 00:44
|Thanks guys, these have been great! We've been working on speak and shake. She knows "turn around" and "back up". I love the idea of waving goodbye to the bad guy, too cute!|
Yogie: We're just starting in Schutzhund. She knows the basic "sit", "down", "stay", and "heel" in both English and German. I still want to teach her little tricks to help her keep busy and be able to be rewarded. She's still a pup, and she's first and foremost my pet and my friend. I don't believe in having a dog as just business, just to get them out and work work work, and then put back up and seperate from the family. I understand these little tricks won't help achieve title in Schutzhund, and I don't plan on using them there. But I do want to change it up because I work her every day. My priority is to keep her happy and let her have fun, and that's a big part of Schutzhund, they want to see your dog wanting to do things for you. The more you have fun with these little "parlor tricks" and reward her and have fun with her doing them, the more she will want to do things, whether it be little tricks, tracking, or bite work. I would love to eventually title her, but it's still all about fun for both of us.
by YogieBear on 04 November 2011 - 01:41
|Macrowe1 - I am not sure what methods you use in your schutzhund training - but it is fun for my dogs - as well as full of reward for them......... It was said that I implied that parlor tricks would mess up schutzhund - but those words were not out of "my mouth". .......|
I am however not really sure how you think that parlor tricks will keep your dog rewarded...... a trick is a trick - whether it is for your amusement - or for a purpose............. it is a action that you teach and they learn thru repetition - how you assume that will keep it "fun" for your dog is beside me......... It is simply an action that you can show off to your friends.......... the dog gets no more fulfillment from that action than one that you teach for schutzhund....... The reward comes from your action of treating for that behavior at the right moment.....parlor trick or schutzhund trick.....there really isn't a difference in my opinion.........
Don't think you are alone in the priority of your dog being happy ...... I don't sit back and try to figure out how to make my dog misserable... because I want to do schutzhund... But my dogs are working dogs - and anything I put in front of them - they are excited about... Don't kid yourself and think that training Parlor tricks is any different than teaching anything else........ It is a behavior that isn't natural for the dog........ I just have to ask why you assume it would be anymore fun for the dog than teaching a dog to do something that is useful to you............?
I really don't have anything against teaching a dog to do parlor tricks - but just the way it was presented struck me wrong........I guess I will have my boy go to the frig and get me a beer........
Just my opinion though...