What tricks do you teach your dogs?
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Hello c/an/ine enthusiasts!
Let us talk about the tricks you teach your dogs and share techniques, ask questions etc...
This is not supposed to be a thread about basic training but about all the fun stuff you teach your dog.
I own the jack.russel girl you can see in the pic.
She is now 3-years-old. I gave her basic training and she is a very well behaved, funcitonal dog that can mostly run free without a leash. I didnt really start teaching her anything special untill recently. She would come when I called for her, she would sit and stay and give the paw. As far as walking her, riding my bike with her and just normal dog/owner activities went everything was dandy. The only thing I hadnt been able to teach her in two years of ownership was to "lie down". I had tried doing that when she was little but had never succeeded. I always thought it was not that big of a deal because she funtioned just fine but it still bugged me a little bit.
So last year in december i finally made a real effort to teach her and as it turned out, it only took a little patience and 15mins. I took a small piece of raw chicken and simply did not give it to her untill she lay down.
I praised her when she did, said "down" connected with a hand motion and gave her the chicken. she instantly got it right on the second try.
This experience got me thinking and I started teaching her some actual "tricks" since then and she really enjoys this.
I started with some things that came naturally to her and intesified/shaped some behaviours we had already trained a little bit. things like jumping on command / over obstacles / over my legs. climbing up and walking over almost anything she can climb up from fallen trees to balance beams on the playground. standing on her back legs and walking around. doing a jump where she does a 360° in mid-air.
when we got those down we moved on to things that were harder and required more concentration like playing dead, walking through my legs or rolling over.
Indoor vs Outdoor Poll
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/an/, you are usually a sweet and funny board, but there is one area of extreme controversy that always comes up here:
Indoor cats vs. outdoor cats.
I'm really curious to the actual numbers here - it's hard to tell when it's a swarm arguing. I'm going make it pretty black and white, to make it easier to count, so the options are "it is okay/good to have a cat be outdoors" and "it is not okay/good to have a cat be outdoors". You don't have to explain your decision, just post it. And please don't spam more than once, there's no real point to this poll besides my own curiosity so you won't be proving anything.
So! Current poll:
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Hey /an/. This is my Border Collie, Jazz. Shes a chocolate Merle and will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. Just wondering if any other border collie owners have advice for a first time owner of this breed. I know the basics, very energetic, can get destructive if ignored, plenty of exercise, things like that.
Also, any training tips? I know these dogs are extremely smart, and I want to make her very well trained. Tried google and it just brought up some bitch's guide for 29 bucks.
tl;dr: Advice for a new border collie puppy owner.
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I am spending the summer in pristine wilderness, and was wondering if anyone knew a resource to where I can look up and identify plants and animals?
Like somewhere where I can go through the different Kingdoms, Phyllums, families, genus, etc. etc. I do not know too much about such classifications, and want to have a strong foundation when viewing nature!
Any tips would be great!
Pic related:Small dot in pic was last week's camp. (Norcal if wondering)
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So my two Shelties' main groomer left a while ago and, after a rash of "rude" groomers my mother refuses to take them anywhere until she's found a reliable one. It's been a long time since they last had a bath.
Today I decided to help out the older one (almost thirteen years, he's a light sable) and I cut out the matting in his fur that usually develops with shelties. I also trimmed the fur around that is prone to matting. He's kind of "my dog" so he didn't go after me but after a while he got a little antsy.
The other one is a really arrogant/obnoxious like five year old tri color, she wouldn't even let me go near her with a wire brush to get the loose fur out of her. A couple of weeks ago I managed to cut only the fur around one fucking paw. Fun fact: when the fur around the paw gets too long, they start sliding around like assholes. She punched me and levitated out of the goddamn room.
Anyway I've done the best I can do for the moment. I have some school things to get to but later I'm considering washing the sable boy. Any tips also on brushing, washing, etc.? Any supplies needed will have to be gotten later because I'm not able to leave the house for a while.
Shelties are really, really fucking hard to groom. Also p.s. the tri color has really strange, smooth fur and it grows weird?? help??