Posts in Tricks
Awesome Primitive Dog Photos! - Tricks for Photography

We’ve all been there – searching for the perfect Facebook profile or cover photo that showcases our dogs in all their gorgeous, talented glory…  No matter how many nice pictures we have of them sitting nicely, or maybe running around with their friends, sometimes we just want something more fun that demonstrates our dog’s true personality.  This is where tricks come in!  There are a few specific tricks that I think lend themselves well to photography.  

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Tricks for Fitness

Does your dog like long walks or hikes?  Do they enjoy playing fetch or tug?  How about dog sports?  All of these activities don’t necessarily come easy – to reduce risk of injury no matter what you do it is important for our dogs to be physically fit.  One aspect of that is engaging in regular fitness routines through the use of tricks.  

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Eye on the Prize: Tricks for Engagement

One of the best compliments I receive at trials and competitions is how engaged my dogs are with me. Even in the face of other dogs, crowds of people, and even the joyous smells that can come from grass and other distractions, I want my dogs (regardless of breed!), to look to me for fun… And maybe a little food and play, too! So how do we gain focus out and about? We do tricks!

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Why Tricks?

One of the best things you can do is teach your Primitive Dog some tricks.  That might sound a bit crazy, right?  Well it’s not!  In reality, all behaviors are taught to your dog the same way that they would learn a trick.  The “basics” of sit, down, heel, and come, are all about letting the dog know when they did the correct thing, marking that, and then rewarding to reinforce, all in the hopes that they will repeat the behavior when you want them to.  But besides the idea that everything we teach using operant conditioning can be considered a trick, there are many benefits to those silly (but fun!) parlor tricks that so many of us love.  

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