Thursday, May 2, 2013
On wet days I find myself stuck in the house doing different tricks with the dogs. Wicket is my advanced trick dog, since I have become better over the years at being able to teach shaping. I tend to work on things that are a little more basic with my other dogs. Okay, lets talk a little about the leg lift. For years I have done balance work with my dogs & this takes it to the next level. I don't know if this will work for you but thought I would share & you could come up with your own leg lift game. After I taught Wicket to handstand I moved on to this trick on accident. I set out the plunger & since he had done the back foot work recently for handstands, Wicket started offering a back foot to the plunger. Of course the plunger fell over but I quickly rewarded seeing that this could be very useful. I set the plunger again to see what would happen. Wicket started lifting his leg to touch the plunger but knowing it would fall over didn't put pressure on it. I did that several times then moved the plunger to the other side of his body which caused him to lift his other back leg. I plan to phase out the plunger later. This is Wicket's second session with the leg lift work.
Leg lift video