For July, the theme for the Positive Pet Training blog hop is “pet training mistakes.” When I saw that was the theme, I thought… I have enough material to fill a month’s worth of posts about mistakes I’ve made! But then I remembered this video that I tried to make of teaching Cooper a new trick. I make nearly every mistake in the book: treats that are difficult to manage (a baked potato… what was I thinking?), a dog who’s clearly not focused or in the mood to work, changing criteria mid-practice, missed clicks, missed rewards, shall I go on?
Here’s the story: We taught Cooper to give kisses by touching his nose to your cheek. He loves that trick, and he’s good at it. So, I was coming back from Chicago (aka way too much brainstorming time) and I thought, why not teach him to target my nose instead of my cheek? Eskimo kisses!!!
Just getting home after a trip away is NOT the right time to start teaching a trick. No one is in the right mindset. It would have been a cute trick if we were focused and if I had a clear goal in mind instead of just being like, “hey, let’s see…”
Also, his tongue kept going up my nose.
A couple thoughts: When I’m tired, my timing is WAY off and I shouldn’t try training!!! Also, I’m lucky Cooper is as smart as he is or disasters like this one could totally frustrate/derail/confuse him. When he started offering all those random behaviors, I should’ve just asked him for some easy stuff and called it for the day!
Finally, I really think this would be SUCH a cute trick. I mean, Eskimo kisses?! Probably we should start over… 🙂