Wednesday, May 8, 2013

And Now, For Olive's Newest Trick...

Olive knows quite a few basic commands so far: Sit, Lay Down, Stay, Come, Bed and Crate.

So it was time to work on more of a "trick."  We've been working on a pretty cool trick with Olive for the past few weeks, and we call it "pick it up." Basically, I drop something and she has to pick it up and drop it in my hand. It took a little while for her to get the hang of it, now she loves it.

We started off with easy things, like a tennis ball and a small stuffed toy. She would get so into it, she would keep trying to bring us things even after practice was over. Then we progressed to more difficult things like a drink coaster and an ID (both flat objects so she has to work a little harder to get them up off the floor.)  I kept trying to get her to pick up my keys, but she wouldn't do it, and I suspected that maybe she didn't want to try to pick up the metal in her teeth. I can't blame her. Then I remembered a rubbery keychain I had won on a cruise. I had her practice picking up that keychain by itself a few times, then added it to my keys.

Ready for the result?

I apologize to people viewing this on the mobile site, I don't think the YouTube embedding works that way, but here is the link, so you don't completely miss out. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Good girl, Olive! Truly, I am impressed. We will have to try this with our Olive.

    Fun facts: We have an Olive the Dog (but she is a lab/golden mix).

    We moved away from the Seattle area last August after living there for 10 years.

    Love your blog!

    Kate @ BJJ, Law, and Living