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Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 1:01 pm
by SherriA
Henry has an appointment with the evaluator at our training center for his DMWYD Novice Trick Dog test on Sunday. Wish us luck!

I'm rather tickled at the idea of my 12 yr old retired research beagle being a certified trick dog LOL

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:39 pm
by connie
Henry will rock the test! :thumbup:

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 8:32 pm
by Jen
Ooh, good luck, Henry! Can't wait to see a picture of you with your certificate. :D

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:06 pm
by Sabine
Love it, best of luck!

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:50 pm
by whiteboxerboy
Right on, Team Henry!!!
Can't wait to hear all about it afterwards. πŸ‘πŸ‘

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 9:26 pm
by Amanda
Yay!! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!! Go Henry!

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 10:38 am
by SherriA
Our evaluator was sick on Sunday, so we're rescheduled for next week. I guess that gives us another week to practice!

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 3:40 pm
by JudyL
Good luck next weekend!

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:04 pm
by SherriA
After several delays because of schedules and weather issues, we finally got to do our test today. Henry passed his Advanced Trick Dog title! I'm so proud of my little guy! I didn't think we'd get that far but my trainer has more faith in his skills than I do and just kept calling out behaviours she knew he could do. Henry really stepped up and did a great job :)

Novice (needs 15, we did 18):
- ramp
- come
- down
- leave it
- 3 behaviours with only hand signals (spin, peek a boo, down)
- jomp through a hoop
- jump over a bar
- kennel up
- paws up on an object
- pedestal
- peekaboo
- shake hands
- sit
- spin
- stay
- touch my hand
- which hand has the treat?
- wobble board balance

Intermediate (needs 12, we did 14):
- go around
- hand signals only for 6 behaviours (sit, down, peekaboo, spin, shake, high five, touch, wave)
- ladder work
- logic test
- paws on my arm
- place (finish to my left side)
- push a ball
- go to your mat
- wave
- jump wraps right and left
- perch work
- sit pretty
- back up (counts as 2)
- skateboard with front paws (counts as 2)

Advanced (needs 5, we did 6):
- back up
- jump figure 8's
- skateboard
- tap a bell
- roll a balance peanut
- double hoop sequence

It's a silly thing, but I'm so proud of him that I"m going to submit his results to get his certificates/ribbons. :)

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:53 pm
by Jen
Wow, that's not silly, that's seriously impressive!! Good job, Team Henry!

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:23 pm
by JudyL
That IS and impressive list and quite the accomplishment. Congratulations!

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:19 am
by connie
Holy smokes, that's awesome! I'm trying to work my way through the Novice trick list, look at what you and Henry did! :wow: :wow:

Congratulations! :thumbup: :love:

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:19 pm
by SherriA
Thanks everyone!

We're taking the summer off from classes, though not completely willingly. Our favourite trainer, who has worked with us since our first day there, is moving and they're still looking for someone to replace her. She did most of the "fun" classes - agility, tricks, recall, therapy prep, etc - in addition to some of the obedience classes, so they're scrambling trying to figure out how to fill in those gaps. She also did the majority of the evening/weekend classes, which is what fits best in my schedule. We like all the trainers there, but Wendy was with us from the beginning and she gets a lot of credit for what Henry has accomplished. We're sure going to miss her!

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:17 pm
by maxs_mommy
That's awesome! WTG!