Thursday, March 11, 2010

tRicky T-Day!

We have finally been enjoying some nice weather after such a long and snowy winter! We've had a little rain yesterday and today but the temperatures are in the low 60s and it feels as though Spring is really here! Crocuses and snow drops are blooming in our yard and daffodils are up about 4 or 5 inches now. It's pretty muddy but we have done a little backyard agility this week. And I have been having fun chasing squirrels that seem to have forgotten that I live here - I have almost caught one on several occasions now but some how they manage to run just a tiny bit faster than me and make it up a tree. If I could climbs trees, those squirrels wouldn't stand a chance!

I am working on learning some new tricks that are not quite ready for video yet. The other day grandpa wanted to know if I knew how to turn left and right on the verbal cue alone and mom said "No." So that got her thinking and we worked on it a little this week - I am getting pretty good at it but no where near perfect yet. I wanted to make a tRicky T-Day video so that's the trick we used. You will just have to trust us that mom isn't doing any hand signals - you can't see her head in the video - but seriously, she is only giving me a verbal cue.




Gotta zoom!

Ricky

9 comments:

Sam said...

Turning right and left is becoming a popular thing in agility. We haven't done much of that yet - our change of direction is simply a "turn" our cue for back cross.

This is really cool, though, and I'm sure very good for all sorts of things. Marge does have a "spin" and "twirl" command, one for each direction, but needs a lure, especially for "twirl."

Sara said...

Good job Ricky! I don't know if Oreo would do that without a hand cue or not. I'll have to try it. I know he doesn't need much of a cue....

Glad you have some flowers blooming. Hopefully that means ours are just a couple weeks away.

Diana said...

Excellent!! Diana

Nat said...

Wow Ricky, good job! I love your barking too!

Kathy said...

GREAT JOB, we admire you Ricky, Cricket is working on the right and left with verbal only, and we just got Right down, so now to add left and get it all straightened out when there are choices-GREAT WORK, what a smart guy!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh how funny, Ricky - I learnt the same thing for dancing - except we call it "Spin" and "Twist"!! :-)

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Woo are just too talented AND too khute!

Well done!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Priscilla said...

Great job, Ricky!! You're such a clever boy :)

Dawn said...

Way to go Ricky! Katie liked this video, she didn't even bark at you! I think she has somewhat of a crush. Right and Left will be really useful, cause your human won't have to remember the right word, like twist or twirl! LOL!