Tricks Get A Really Bad Rap
Sometimes dog “tricks” are dismissed as mere tricks, but I’d like to argue that it is ALL tricks! I don’t believe dogs are capable of deciding or distinguishing between what is a trick and what is “obedience.” And it is a distinction that should be blurred in our minds as well. Personally, I think it is a pretty good trick when they finally learn to potty outside!
There are good reasons for doing this and many benefits as well. Taking a break while training “obedience” to teach a few tricks or to take a Tricks class can restore or inject an element that is sometimes missing when you are focused on preparing for competition or a test. I know what it is like to be in single-minded pursuit of a particular goal, score or achievement with your dog. And I know how the frustration can build until you and your dog are no longer working happily and enthusiastically, as partners, towards another level.
In The Past
In the not – to – distant past, the choice of competitions for you and your dog was very limited. Basically, it was AKC Obedience, AKC Conformation or Schutzhund. There is a plethora of possibilities now, from Dock Diving and Treibball to Rally O and Freestyle.
These are just a few of the literally hundreds of possibilities. There is something out there for everyone of every interest.
Take a look at what Treibball is all about, just in case you don’t have any sheep handy for that Border Collie. Or maybe some stylish diving for that retriever in your life with boundless energy. Rally O has so many levels that there is someone for everyone and for those with rhythm (you that is!) take a look at Freestyle.
Hopefully these possibilities have whet your appetite and will remind us all what it is all about – the fun of it.
How do you most enjoy working with your dog and building that partnership? What is your favorite trick?