Thursday, March 24, 2011

tRicky T-Day!

The other day our YouTube friends Donna, Jessie, and Lucy at supernaturalbc2009 posted a video called Does Your Dog Really Understand a Verbal Cue? where Jesse is behind a closed door and Donna gives him commands to follow. It was really cool! Donna issued a training challenge for people to train at least three behaviors their dogs will do on a verbal command only and post it as a video response. So we decided to give it a quick try!

Mom left me in the bedroom and closed the door (except for a tiny crack that she could squint through but I couldn't see her) and she told me to "sit," "down," "sit," and "speak!" I did it!! But I have to say somehow I am better on verbal commands than signals. For instance we are working on the signals exercise for Open obedience and I am having trouble when mom gives the hand signal only.

Any way, here is the video:





We watch almost every video that Donna, Jessie and Lucy make and learn lots of cool stuff! Thanks to them for this fun challenge!

Gotta zoom!

Ricky

15 comments:

Sara said...

That is super impressive! Well done Ricky. I wasn't surprised you could do that. I am always amazed at how well you listen to verbal commands.

Oreo would have been circling and trying to open the door :)

He's the opposite, better at hand cues than verbal. If Oreo goes deaf, he's going to be just fine!

Diana said...

Very cool. I think my dogs would just stand there barking until I open the door. LOL

Priscilla said...

It's so impressive, Ricky! You're a super clever boy.

I wonder what Eva will do if I give her this trick though. Hmmm, may be I should give it a try tomorrow as it's late now.

Reilly / Bree said...

That is super clever of you. Mom was wondering - has your mom thought of teaching you a few sign language commands? It teaches you to "look" at the hands and not listen to commands - that might help a lot in the agility ring. The first one Mom taught me was "hands" where I had to focus on her hands to get a treat. If you could learn that and your Mom uses it when you enter the ring maybe that focus would improve? Just a thought.

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Amber-Mae said...

That was VERY good, Ricky! Well done! You are well trained. Hoomie Melissa has not tried that with me before but she has tried commanding me while facing the other way, with her back to me. This was just to see whether or not I've REALLY learned the commands she has taught me & whether or not I can do the behaviours without her looking at me & doing hand gestures. I managed to do most of the commands without any problems but after a while, I would come to the front & look up at her. HEE HEE

Kathy said...

WOW, I AM IMPRESSED. FANTASTIC job you two!!!!!!

Sophie said...

Well done Ricky! I'm so going to have to try this tomorrow with my two, see how they react :) I have the feeling they won't be nearly as attentive as you!

Amy Wood said...

That is awesome Ricky! My dogs could learn so much from you. You are such a smart boy! Keep up the challenges, I know you can get them all! :)

Nat said...

What a great idea! You did wonderful, Ricky!

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

That's a really cool idea! I'll have to try that this weekend.

A quick update on the suitcase situation: I'm having my boyfriend remove the bars. I told him I don't care how he does it, since the suitcase was broken anyway (the zipper was beyond repair). I tried putting a towel in there, but since the bars are so big, there isn't enough room in there with a towel. As soon as he gets the bars removed, we can really start working it!

Sagira said...

Good job Ricky! :)

Dawn said...

Very impressive Ricky!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Ricky - this was like when Ian Dunbar told my human to try giving me commands when she was lying upside down on the floor, to test if I really knew them - without her always being in the same position in front of me, giving me signals! THat was fun to try too (I can't remember - did you try that as well?)

I'm like you, actually, in that I'm better with verbals than hand signals. But this is partly because my human has encouraged this - coz for dancing, we need to be able to follow the verbal cue, regardless of what our humans hands & body are doing (coz they might be doing a dance step!) - this is like the total opposite of most dog sports!

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

Ludo van Doggy said...

Very impressive Ricky!!
I was about to tell you about Honey posting about lying on the floor and stuff but she beat me to it. BOL.
I has to say, I mostly don't listen to Mum very well. I much prefer to go off signs and not verbal and Mum has noticed lately that some of my cues I don't know very well without the appropriate signal. I try to be too quick and just do it and not listen.
I will has to check out that youtbe page.