Imanje Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Rhodesian Ridgebacks 

You can't teach an old dog new tricks....or can you?

In order to ensure our dogs are happy and healthy in body and mind, Avril has always taken time to play with the gang on a group basis but also on a one-to-one basis.  To get more ideas and to give the gang some credit and recognition for all their hard work, Avril decided to sign up with K9 Tricksters on Facebook and make an attempt at teaching the Imanje gang some tricks.

Within a very short space of time, it became apparent that they all enjoyed learning new things and so the fun began!
Inca, has excelled herself and enjoys doing tricks much more than being in the show ring and her confidence and natural desire to play has come on leaps and bounds...

We chose Do More With Your Dog due to time restraints and not being able to go to weekly classes, with this online group, we could do it all in our own time and at a pace that suited everyone.  The statement below is taken from their website and explains what having a Trick Dog Title means - and I agree wholeheartedly!  Whatever you do with your dog today, make sure that it is mentally stimulating and FUN!

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.