When we brought home our last puppy, Django, we wanted to teach her some really cool tricks. Our chihuahua, Hayley was a senior and would reluctantly sit and give paw but only when she felt like it. As a child, I had a big Rottweiler named Schatzie, and taught her to sit, lay down, and play dead. When I said ‘dead’ Schatzie would throw all 100 pounds of herself on the floor and spin over on her back with her big paws dangling in the air. Then I would give her a treat, and she would just as quickly jump up and grab it. It was the cutest/coolest trick I’ve ever taught a dog.
Now our Django will do some cool tricks. She will do the typical sit and give paw. She will lay down on command and jump up in the air for a treat. She will catch treats in her mouth and ‘speak’ when asked. But the coolest trick she knows is a high-five. I say high-five, and she will immediately raise a jolly paw to me. Is is unique? Not very. I’ve seen a bunch of dogs high-five their owners since teaching Django, but it is the coolest trick she does. I would like to teach her to play dead but so far it just hasn’t worked out.
I often wonder how owners teach their dogs unique tricks, and I marvel at what some of them get their dogs to do, and so willingly, too. Case in point: this adorable dog who plays patty-cake. Yes, plays throughout the whole song, too. And she doesn’t need a constant or continual command either. She just plays along slapping paw to hand while her owner sings.
Watch this amazing dog here:
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