December 21st 2007 3:57 pm
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I think that I was about six months old or so when I started to learn to do tricks. By this time I was already trained to walk on a harness and leash. I liked going for walks outside with mom. Our back yard was fenced in, so I could go off the leash and run around and play. I like to chase butterflies.
I really liked tuna so mom used that to teach me to do tricks. She had a small clicker that she would use to let me know that I did the trick right. My first trick was to sit up on my back legs and beg. Mom would hold a small bit of tuna above my nose and say "beg". When I sat on my hind legs and begged, mom would click the clicker and I would get the tuna fish. It wasn't hard! After I realized that the clicker meant that I did what mom wanted and that I would get tuna, I learned very quickly. I could do many tricks: sit, stay, come, beg, give my paw. wave, lay down, roll over, give kisses, nod "yes", shake "no", jump up on a platform, jump between platforms and jump through a hoop! Mom also bought me a special car seat so that I would be safe riding in the car. The seat belt attached to my harness so I could either lay down or sit up and look out the window.
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