(Originally written for the Press Banner, a San Lorenzo Valley Newspaper)
Gatherings of family and friends during the holidays provide the perfect opportunity for my dog, Tyche, to shine. With an ever-growing repertoire of tricks and a twinkle in her eye, Tyche presents her latest and greatest for party guests with extraordinary enthusiasm. This year we will go through new tricks including: “Is That Scary?,” when Tyche hides head under pillow; “You’re Under Arrest,” when she puts her paws up on the wall; and the Lipizzaner Stallion Leap”; along with some of the old favorites like “Crawl,” “Take a Bow” and “Bang-Bang,” when she plays dead.
One of the greatest gifts we can give our dogs this holiday season, or anytime for that matter, is attention. Attention can come in many forms, but I’ve found tricks to be the gifts that just keep giving. Not only is the time spent teaching tricks very rewarding, but the rewards just get better as your dog gets to show off for friends and family.
Here are two simple tricks you can teach your dog:
This can be used to get your dog to untangle herself from the leash, or just for fun.
This can be used to get your dog to jump over most anything: your leg, a puddle, a hoola hoop, even a circle hoop made with your own arms.
If the trick bug bites and your ready to learn more I hope you will consider enrolling in a class to learn more tricks. If you prefer a self-study approach there are several good books on the subject and lots of free information on the internet.
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