Tricky T-day! The Return!

For those who is new to my blog, this a feature where you post about what you is learning, you can post on any day that begins with a T. I call it Tricky T-day, but, it not just for tricks. Whatever you do that to do with learning can count too. If you want to be added to my T-day players list so’s I can come visit you, then please do drop me a comment. You can take the little image too. (We stopped for a while cos Mum lost her video camera, although you doesn’t need one to play)

I is working on lots of tricks at the moment and we is working more on the ones I already know. Things like distance, doing them in different places, doing them for longer. It lots of fun. We also in a tricks class at school at the moment. We learning how to open and close doors, wave, roll-over, bend (bow), be a bear and hold a treat on our nose. Some of them I already knew, so we working on the distance and reliability. It a great class, just three dogs and all positive training! No scary things or doing stuff I doesn’t want to! I love it!

At home we working on learning hop (limping) and more rear end awareness stuff, like going backwards in different places. But for now, here a quick trick, which I do when I get in from outdoors.

OK, over to Mum to talk about the boring bits!
Hello everyone. First of all I want to use these t-day posts to address some of Ludo’s issues. Mainly Insane Barking. Lots of things make Ludo bark, but mostly, when he gets agitated, or excited. They can go hand in hand.

Ok, the big thing that make Ludo agitated is leaving the house. Whether it is me leaving the house, or Ludo leaving the house. Now, Ludo is fine left alone, quite happy and is nearly always asleep when I come back in. He does not bark when I return. No, it is only safe to bark at outside noises when I am inside the house to protect him from Scary things. However the point when Ludo realises that I might be GOING OUT to the point of actually leaving gets Ludo very Agitated. There are some indicators for Ludo, which to his furry little mind mean it is time to get barky. Socks. Putting on socks is a clear indicator that I am GOING OUT, as is perfume, make up and shoes, also coats. Since these things usually follow each other it results in Ludo getting more and more Agitated! Which results in very loud, shrill barking, general running around, trying to be noticed and other stressy behaviours. Up until the lead gets picked up it could go either way. Possibly I am GOING OUT somewhere fun. Without him. He might get Left Behind! Or, I am going with him, in which case… it is EXCITING!!

I have noticed, when I am going to work I don’t get any of this, well, maybe a little when the socks come out. I am theorising two reasons for this. One is that is because I work in a kitchen, I don’t wear make-up and perfume, so those triggers of Agitation do not occur. He knows I am going without him, so there is no point barking. Also, I tend to give him his kong when I am going to work, so again, he knows he is staying and that he has to Be Good, in order to get the kong.

I’m going to try doing some clicker training to de-sensitize him to the socks perfume make up thing and try to break my pattern of the order I put them on in. I’ll keep you posted. I have also brought a book on TTouch, I’m awaiting it’s arrival, but it was recommended we try this by our trainers. In our classes Ludo is excellent, he’s a little workaholic. But whenever my eyes drift over to the trainer he begins his Look at Me barking. Not continuous, a yap here and there, those little shelties woo’s that make you giggle. We’re trying to position Ludo in between my legs with calming touches. He only barks when he is looking at me. Come on Mum we’re here to DO stuff.

So, that’s what we’ll be working on and I dare say it’ll be a might more challenging than the tricks!

Ticked off T-day

So, I is getting fed up with all Mum’s lazy excuses to not help me blog properly. Now the snow has goned from around us the internet seems to be back working ok, so she has no excuse!

She thinks she is gonna go to the zoo at the weekend, well we will see about that!

As punishment for her I has decided not to let her translate for me today. So here’s me telling her what I was gonna say, I just gonna post that instead. I know you will all get me. Auntie Penny joined in a bit too.

Oh yes! I also did talkings with a very nice lady from America. She be called Coryelle and she an animal communicator. I woned my talking with her from Johann’s holiday contest. I will do a proper post about it when I is talking to Mum again, but it beed very interesting for Mum and me!

~lickies, Ludo

Tricky and True colours thursday.

Here a very quick put together video (Mum has to go work) of how my fetching slippers trick be progressing. We coulda learned it easier, I thinks, if Mum had just told me to get the slippers. Cos I know get it. But she say she didn’t want me to get the wrong idea and think of her slippers as toys. She say they not toys, I must only fetch them. Spoil sport. We tried it with her old small slippers and the bigger ones. She want me to learn to fetch by just the bobbly bits in the end. Auntie Penny just got back from the groomer and looks very pretty, but smells too sweet and not at all like a dog.

Also, here some of the sky blue we found for true colours. These were tooked at the agiligy show with today in mind!

Tricky T-day

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.

~lickies, Ludo

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!

Tricky T-day Catch up and TCT!

About time I catched up with Tricky T-day huh?

Here a list of efurryone who done playings so far, with a little thingy on what they beed learning. I updating my side bar too, let me know if I missed anyone.

tRicky Ricky has beed playing and has some great videos up! Including tricks and agilities. Has a look at his first page for some great links to places to get trick ideas from. I currently learning one of Ricky’s tricks, going backwards through Mum’s legs.

Honey has posted lots of great videos, not only of her pawsome tricks, but also of how to learn clicker training. She and Hsin-yi be the bestest teachers and Honey a great inspiration to any dog who thinks they casnot do learnings. Honey has a Tricky T-day badge you can use too. If you want to link to Trick-T-day even if you not taking part you can use anyone of out badges.

Oreo and Misty be so very good at doing tricks! They has posted some very clever paw based tricks, not to mention all the others and learn something new nearly everyday it seem. They also has very fun videos to watch!

Mason Dixie posted a video of her catching her treats and a wooftastic video of her diving trick. So athletic! Such natural ability and something I cannot do at all! I too scared!

Khyra has played too. Check out her catching skills! Khyra’s trick really show the great thing about tricks, treats! Haroo!

Last, but very not least! The pretty Katie has beed posting about how she getting on with her paw tricks. Katie a very good obedience dog, so that a good trick in itself. I casnot wait to hear more on your tricks Katie!

I thinks that efurryone, please let me know if I missed you. Also, if anycritter wants a badge like mine or Oreo’s or Honey’s made please do peemailings to

Now we all getting the hang of things I is thinking of spicing things up a bit. This month, in addition to any tricks you already working on you might like to try something called free timing. This basically just a trick with an object. In free timing you supposed to just come up with your own trick. It very good cos to start with you just get rewarded for everything. I will post a video tuesday to show what I mean. It easier to start with a box. Even if you does not do free timing you can still post a trick that you can do with an object. Any object you likes.

At the end of the month I will send a goody bag to my favourite object trick and you can be trickster of the month and choose the next kind of trick for us to all work on. Have fun efurryone!

Don’t forget, if you add a tricky t-day label to your tricky t-day posts I can link right to them.

Oh yes! Cats can do tricks too. Pepe can do a sit, but that cat not Pepe.

Now for True colours thursday!
I missed quite a few of these! Today be Navy, here what I found out on my walk.

Lickies, Ludo

oh! Pee ess!
I got this very nifty award from Dennis while I beed away.

It meaned a very lot to me and Mum, thanks so much Dennis and Dada!

Tricky T-day

Hello, it be tricky T-day! I has not done all the things I wanted to for it cos Mum be poorly sick with a cold. I has beed helping her get better by giving lots of cuddles so’s she can feel well enough to take me to agility tomorrow.

I going to link to efurrypup properly for Thursday now instead, for now, here be a video of some of the tricks we be working on at the moment.

I casnot wait to get round to see what you all been up to for T-day!

~lickies, Ludo

I did a little bit of crawl in there but Mum be naughty getting me to do that. We not allowed anymore, cos in my classes we learning distance downs for an emergency stop. Well everytime I went down I crawled forward till I reached Mum’s hand. Apparently