You can't teach an old dog new tricks....or can you?
The "Expert Trick Dog Title" has been awarded to Inca, Mika, Sifa and Loki, having been assessed doing a number of different tricks and completing their Novice, Intermediate and Advanced titles. There is only one other RR (in the United States) who holds this title!
Some of their favourite tricks are: shell game (find a treat under 1 of 3 or 4 tubs by indicating the correct one with a paw), opening a door, switching a light on/off, ringing a service bell. barrel racing, hiding in a box, searching a number of boxes for the item, finding hidden keys, open the door and tracking. Inca and Mika have a current favourite - pick pocketing! While Sifa just loves jumping through hoops!
As expected, although Loki knows what you are asking of him, he is way too happy and excited to calm down enough to carry tricks out successfully. For example, when he went out to find the hidden keys, he had to do a lap of the garden and check all our usual hiding places, before coming back to where the keys were - he didn't hesitate to "tell" on them, but he just had to check for other things first!
Some of the tricks Loki has enjoyed learning is "paws up" (he will do this any time, any place, anywhere), open a door, tug, on the mat, find the hidden keys (in his own time), find the scented toys, ring the bell, tap the light (although it usually turns into a flying saucer) and his favourites - pick-a-card and pick-pocketing!
As we are doing this all for fun and mental enrichment, there is no pressure on the gang to perform and they can have as much fun as they like.