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How Can I Teach..... putting paw over muzzle?

#16 User is offline   wuffles 

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 06:20 PM

View Postgila, on 30th May 2009 - 03:14 PM, said:

It took me a little while to teach this to Spencer. I tried sticking a bit of masking tape on his snout, but he didn't care. I even tried an old hair scrunchie around his muzzle..not too fussed about that either. So finally I discovered that blowing gently on his nose triggered the paw swipe.

The end result is pretty damn cute!


Awww, cute! I've tried blowing on Satch's nose too, he gets up and walks away!

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 03:05 PM

Aww that is just gorgeous!!

I have a similar photo...

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 11:02 PM

hahahahhah thats sooooo cute (and very very funny!!!) :laugh:


Thanks i am going to try with Teddy tomorow. I don't think i will have as much luck as ahsoka... teddy is still pretty hyper during commands

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 07:09 PM

I tried this with teddy today but his hair was too short so the peg wouldn't stay on. I then used an elastic band and it works well! so those with short hair could give this a try.

He has not quite got the shy concept, when i take the elastic band off, he thinks i just want him to touch my hand so his paws doesn't reach his muzzle... did you have the same problem TerraNik when you first started with ahsoka?

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 06:01 PM

Thanks to the advice in here Iz is picking this up. Word is 'you stink' and action is holding my nose. I may be bias, but I think the overall effect has a whole heap of cuteness :laugh:

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 06:09 PM

View Postgiraffez, on 4th Jul 2009 - 07:09 PM, said:

He has not quite got the shy concept, when i take the elastic band off, he thinks i just want him to touch my hand so his paws doesn't reach his muzzle... did you have the same problem TerraNik when you first started with ahsoka?


How are things going after our PMs?

View PostBeny, on 16th Jul 2009 - 06:01 PM, said:

Thanks to the advice in here Iz is picking this up. Word is 'you stink' and action is holding my nose. I may be bias, but I think the overall effect has a whole heap of cuteness :laugh:


That sounds VERY cute indeed!!!!! :eek:

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 07:24 PM

View PostJesskah, on 16th Jul 2009 - 06:11 PM, said:

heres my girl doing it. its still more of a nose swipe but yeh. i used the sticky tape and say "hide'

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Nawww!! :laugh:

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 09:01 PM

Thanks so much for this great post and the video! I'm teaching George my 6mth old SBT to do this and after 3 nights we're finally getting the hang of it! Its so cute!! :D

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 05:01 PM

View PostTerraNik, on 16th Jul 2009 - 06:09 PM, said:

How are things going after our PMs?

he is much better now. He only does it on command if he is sleepy. He doesn't like to lay down and only lays down when he is sleepy . He is a lot better at it.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 08:07 PM

Alas, this didn't work for us. At night, when he's lying down - Elbie does little 'shy' motions that we call peekaboo but despite saying good boy the second he does it and trying to reward him, we haven't been able to get him to do it on command.

He has short hair so the peg wouldn't work and his fur is very shiny so tape and stickers all fall off him - in any case, he doesn't seem to notice their existence :D

He adores peanut butter but he didn't even seem to notice the dab on his face. Photographic proof below.

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He tried to beg, shake hands, do a high five in order to please us but just couldn't catch on that we wanted him to do a 'shy'/peekaboo gesture ...

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 03:40 PM

You could always tie something loosely to his ear? like a ribbon? Let it dangle over his face

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 04:18 PM

View PostTerraNik, on 26th May 2010 - 03:40 PM, said:

You could always tie something loosely to his ear? like a ribbon? Let it dangle over his face


We're having a degree of success with getting tape, making a loop and sticking it above his nose where there's less fur :) He's making some progress - will post a video when he finally succeeds :o

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 01:03 PM

Finally, a degree of success. Elbie's still doing it a bit fast but he is doing the "are you shy" gesture in response to a verbal command. We will work on getting him to cover his eyes more and keep his paw there longer.

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Video 2

Video 3

Slightly better

We are still having difficulty getting him to crawl because he just wants to leap to his feet and chase after the food rather than crawl along.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 12:09 AM

View Postkoalathebear, on 29th May 2010 - 01:03 PM, said:

We are still having difficulty getting him to crawl because he just wants to leap to his feet and chase after the food rather than crawl along.


He shouldn't be able to chase the food because it should be right in front of his nose, get him to drop & then crawl underneath something ie depending on how big he is, something like the rungs on a chair, or your leg when you are sitting on the ground with one foot flat on the ground etc.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 06:19 PM

View PostMrsD, on 31st May 2010 - 12:09 AM, said:

He shouldn't be able to chase the food because it should be right in front of his nose, get him to drop & then crawl underneath something ie depending on how big he is, something like the rungs on a chair, or your leg when you are sitting on the ground with one foot flat on the ground etc.


Thank you! That's a great idea! He likes to leap over things (he's so kelpie :) ) but we have seen him crawling under chair rungs and the stool so that might just work :thumbsup: The funniest thing is that while he's doing all these complicated things - we just cannot get him to do a simple 'stand' and a 'stay' even though he will 'wait' forever when there's food on the line.

ETA: Here is attempt #1 of "Crawling Training". Thank again for the tip. We'll keep working at it :thumbsup:

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