Thursday, June 3, 2010

tRicky T-Day! (sort of again) and a Surprise!

A little while ago our YouTube friend Sian asked for people and their dogs to send in clips showing positively-trained good behaviors. So we sent one and were included in the video Sian made this week about dog training that works. The video is a little long but shows dogs doing really well-behaved stuff - I'm near the end - 4:06 to be exact - in case you need to skip - but don't unless you absolutely have to because the video is really good! I am not technically clicker-trained with a clicker but mom uses a marker word. And we can't claim that mom has never in my life used the word "No!" with me, but I am definitely an example of a dog who has been trained predominately with positive reinforcement! (ie. FOOD!!!!) The video is trying to show people that you don't have to be harsh or mean or use things like shock collars to teach dogs good manners. Amen to that!

I was proud to have been included in Sian's video and she plans to make another one. So if you are interested, leave her a message on her YouTube page. Sian is a really talented trainer and has lots of awesome trick tutorial videos! We have learned a lot from her and her dogs!

Now for the surprise!!!! Diana and Miley are coming HERE for dinner and a visit Wednesday on their way to Linda Mecklenburg's camp! Can you believe it? We get to meet them after being blogging buddies for so long! WooHoo - we are so excited and can't wait! Do you think Miley will like me? Do you think I will like her? Guess we'll find out!!

Gotta zoom!



Khyra, Khousin Merdie, And Sometimes Her Mom said...

How khool is all of THAT!?!

Of khourse she'll like woo -

What's not to like?

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Priscilla said...

What a wonderful video!!
All those dogs look so well behaved, and especially Ricky has such great table manners. We really should teach that to Eva.

I can't believe Diana is coming to visit. I'm sure Miley will like you tons, after all, you are blogger buddies! Have fun, and post some pics! We can't wait!!!!

Sara said...

What an honor to be included in that video Ricky!

And how cool that Diana & Miley will be coming to your house! Amazing how complete stranger meet and become friends on the internet. How fun!

Diana said...

Im so glad to see that video after some vidoe's that have been posted about mean training methods.

We can wait to come. Thanks for having us. Diana

Dawn said...

Wow! Watching the video makes me realize that I have work to do, and maybe I should buy one of those softer clickers, because the regular cheap ones scare Katie so much. We need to work on walking with a loose leash and on teeth cleaning! I had sort of given up, but I shouldn't!
Oh and lunging at cars? We MUST work on that one!

And having Diana and Miley over for dinner? TOO COOL! Yes, we want a picture. Ricky, it will be just like when you and Wilson get together, right? Only Miley will be more your size! I think you're going to like each other, just don't go falling in love, cause Katie has a crush on you!

Morganne said...

Very cool video!
Ricky, make sure your Mom takes pictures of Diane and Miley's visit. I bet you and Miley will have a lot of fun playing.

Kathy said...

Very cool video, that is neat to see too because I recognize people in it!!!
Sounds like you will be having some very cool guests, you will have to take pictures!

Sagira said...

Way to go!
Food is the best reward! :)

Nicki said...

That's so cool to get to meet a blogging friend!

Honey the Great Dane said...

How cool to be in the video, Ricky!

My human also believes it is best to always try and train using positive methods first although she also believes that you need a balance sometimes and she doesn't agree with the really extreme "purely positive" trainers who think that humans can't even say "NO!" to their doggies as it might "damage their relationship" - that's like being afraid to say "no" to your partner for fear he might not love you anymore - well, Hsin-Yi thinks that you can't have much of a relationship in the first place then! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Ludo van Doggy said...

pawsome video Ricky! I likes it lots!
Especially your bit. I has to do that at dinner time too.
Of course you will like Miley!
~lickies, Ludo