For this bunch of tricky T-days I has suggested you work on tricks involving objects. I said I would post about free timing as a way of coming up with the tricks, so here you go.
Free timing where you gets to come up with your own tricks, it really give the brain a good workout but gets you lots of treats. At first it can be a bit confusing but I bet you’ll all get the hang of it, then you get to feel really clever!
That me doing some free timing with an ironing board.
It easiest to start off with a box, but since I do quite a bit of free timing Mum had to try and find objects I had not used afore.
Here another one with some sort of foamy thing we found in the shed.
It kinda harder for your person to do this, because it make them practice their patient skills while they wait for you to figure things out, and decide what they want to reward (called shaping) into a trick.
Once your person has seed a behaviour they think would make a good trick, or start of trick they should stop clicking for anything else you do and click for just the thing they liked. This can be the frustrating bit for you as you might be thinking, like I do, ‘Hey Mum! I did something then, where my treat be?’ if it take you a while to repeat the behaviour your person should give you extra treats so it make you wanna repeat it again and again. Once you done the same thing about 5 times your person can finally say something. They can say whatever word they want the trick to be till you understand. It may take a few sessions/days to get the the stage where you have a trick, but it worth it! If the trick be something like my back leg lift you can transfer it to other objects, or no objects too!
As far as me and Mum can tell there two main ways to learn tricks. One be called capturing and one be called luring. Free timing be a capturing kind, apparently we dogs hold the learnings in our heads better when we learn through capturing, I guesses because it be a more natural thing for us to do and also we has learned it ourselves. As you can see from the video I really likes my back leg tricks, which we captured doing sorta free timing with a book, you can see that in a past tricky T-day. Luring be where you is coaxed into doing a certain thing, for my tricks we mostly use a mixture of capturing and luring.
Here some more videos of things that could (and sometimes have) be learned through capturing during free timing.
My bubbles trick
Some stuff from free timing with a box when I beed little and living in our old house.
Stuff on a sweet tin.
Does not be forgetting the competition part. I will pick my favourite object based trick from a months worth of posting (To give you time to figure one out. You don’t have to use free timing to get it either) and you will get a cool goody bag. In it will be This book staring my Auntie. Some of my favourite tricky treats, some other tricky tools and some fun stuffs. So I hope you all play and that can be some incentive for you.
oh, pee ess: We has just realised that actually, it be tuesday today, not yesterday when this be posted. I think that Dotty hen thing Mango’s Momma has be catching through the internets. Lock up your Mum’s!