Saturday, 25 February 2012

Training Your Human Part 1

Morning all,

Dex and Louis here. Now, as there are so many new Pupsters joining Blogville thought it was about time we imparted some of our wealth of knowledge we have gained in training our humans. We may eventually write a book as we think there could be a call for this :-) Humans can be quite hard to train, the trick is to get them to think that they're doing the training but really it's the other way round.

Lesson 1.
How to get a treat.

Have a little mooch around the house and find something that you're not allowed to have, but that is easily and comfortably carried. Pick it up and wander slowly into the vicinity of your human, now sit and stare at them until you get their attention.
A glove is perfect for this
When you human sees you they will probably say something like 'No' - Louis thought that was his name for a year! As they come towards you to take the glove, run away quickly and do a few tours of the room - this part of the training is good exercise for the humans so you're actually doing them a favour. If you can't find anything else, try and get the lid off the recycle bin and hunt out an easily carried food box.
A box from the recycling is perfect
an empty toilet paper roll comfortable and easy to carry
Now, the idea is to let the human have the item back before they start to get annoyed. Just stop running around, they will think they've made you stop. They will say something like 'leave it' and try to take the item from you, resist for a short while - this all adds to the triumph they will feel when you do eventually leave go.

Voila - you have been such a good dog by obeying the 'leave' command they have to give you a treat!!! When you are very experienced in this exercise you can actually immediately go and do the same again with something else, useful when you're a bit peckish.


Occasionally the urge to chew will be too much, so try not to pick anything too tempting for this training exercise. Louis is still at the phase where he gives in to the chew - I'm still training Louis ;-) 
Sometimes the urge to chew takes over!
So, we'll leave you to practise that exercise. remember to choose something easily carried and also practise the 'I deserve a treat now' look required for the end of the exercise.

Practise your 'I deserve a treat now look'
We hope you enjoyed this lesson, we'll be adding more training guides over the next few months so watch this space!

We're nearly back to normal blogging. The Momsters shoulder is much better but she's still at physio every week. We'll be round to visit you all over the next couple of days, have a great weekend!! Dex and Lou xxx

Edited to add a note: Have you heard the massive news over on Magic's blog - go and check her announcement, if you're not following her already you'll want to now :-)


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your post is spot on and has some good thoughts in it, but I have to tell you, there is NO WAY I'm letting Todd read this--Because I now think you've been giving him tips without my knowing it about it! :-))

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

Wow - Dex - you are so handsome AND clever. Yep - I've been using that running around trick with something you are no supposed to have. I have also trained my dad dad to bring me a treat from my numerous treat jars whenever he makes a coffee for himself or tries to snack without me! He's such a softie! Mum is tougher though.....gotta work on that!

Glad to hear momsters shoulder is feelin' better!

Tail Wuggles, Rubie (xxx to Dex)

Dotty said...

Alfie enjoyed your tips- he can add abit of variety to this trick! At the moment he is very good at training me to stand up every time I am tempted to sit at the computer by taking a coal from the fire. If I don't stand up straight away, he makes horrible crunchy noises so I can't ignore him!!!!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Golden Laughs ... on the tips. Happy Weekend. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Lincoln said...

Hey buddies !

Pawesome !!
I'm gonna try it for sure and let you know !


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD OMD Dex and Lou... this is an amazing lesson. I have taken Notes and Ernie and I are going to Practice until we get it down like you have.

I can NOT wait fur another lesson!! My Peeps really NEED to be better trained.. and they are rather Slow Learners. THANK YOU!!

I am so very much glad to hear that your mum's Shoulder is getting better.

Susie-Belle Schnauzer said...

Excellent, but I won't be letting Renae and Susie-Belle read this blog tonight, they already think they're much cleverer than I am, which I secretly think they are :)

scotsmad said...

Well done. We've tried that trick, and you're right, don't choose something like shoes, socks or underwear 'cause they just get cranky and there's no treat.

XXXoOODaisy, Bella & Roxy

ra husky said...

Woooos are professional! We are in awe, play bows,

RA, Isis & Nanuk

Mr. Pip said...

You fellas should win an academy award for your "I deserve a treat look". Bawhahahaha! By the way, I took very careful notes and plan to give them a try tonight.
Wish me luck!

Your pal, Pip

Tweedles -- that's me said...

You guys are sooo smart! I do those things-- and make moms give me a treat too, so I know they work.
You guys have it down one hundred percent!

sprinkles said...

My boys already do all of these things, bol!

Shiver's favorite thing in the whole wide world to do is to grab something he knows he shouldn't have, run over to show me what he has, and then run off with chasing him and yelling, "NO!"

Bowie said...

wow thanks! I learnt something today BOL


STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh Dex and Lou, if only we had your wonderful advice months ago. Mum has tricked us into giving back whatever we have in our mouths and WE GET NOTHING!! Sigh. Look forward to your next lesson. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

zeeFM said...

That is such a cute tutorial XD! I'll first have to teach Zeus how to hold things instead of ripping them apart...