Orbiting an Object

Orbit Challenges

  • Holding an Object
  • Increasing the Distance
  • Orbiting around another Dog

Orbiting a Person

This trick, that we call the Orbit, is where your dog walks in a reverse circle around your legs.

The key components in teaching this trick are to get your dog walking backwards, and then get it to turn at the same time

The initial steps in teaching the orbit involve teaching your dog to reverse. For this trick you should not be expecting your dog to walk backwards in a straight line over any great distance. All that is required to start with is to reverse a couple of steps at most.

Start with your dog in standing against your left leg in the Heel position, and with a treat in your left hand, lure your dog to take a couple of paces backwards and then reward it for doing so. When luring your dog, it is important to try and keep your hand at the same height as your dog’s head. If your hand it too high, it is more likely that your dog will sit rather than take a step backwards.

When you have managed to get your dog confidently taking a few paces backwards, the next step is to get your dog to start turning its back end behind you as they reverse. To do you will simply need to lure your dog’s head to a turn away from you as you get it to walk backwards. When starting from your left leg, turn your dog’s head towards the left. If you are having problems getting your dog to do this, a good tip is to work the exercise near to a wall. When doing so as you dog walks backwards it comes up against the wall so must turn its back end to be able to continue walking backwards.

The next step is to repeat the exercise but this time you will start with your dog against your right leg, but your dog is facing 180 degrees relative to you. i.e. your dog is facing the opposite direction to you. Get your dog to walk backwards and start turning the dogs head, again to your dog’s left, so that it walks across your front.

At this point your dog should be able to walk backwards and turn through 90 degrees at the same time both behind you and in front of you. It is well worth practicing this so that this movement almost becomes second nature to your dog.

The next step towards achieving the full orbit is to use you hand to ‘push’ your dog to continue past the 90 turn you have already achieved. Although we use the term push here, you will not actually be physically pushing the dog, you’re will just be using your hand to lure and ‘push’ your dog to continue reversing and turning far further than you have done before.

The final step to complete the full orbit will require that you have a treat in both of your hands. Start from the heel position (with your dog against your left leg) and with your left-hand start luring your dog to walk and turn behind you. Continue to ‘push’ your dog until it has completed approximately 180 degrees, then without stopping swap to your right hand and continue luring your dog’s head to its left-hand side. The smoother you can make this swap over, the better your dog will continue reversing around you.

With practice you will find that your dog will become comfortable doing the orbit without the need to use your hands as a lure.

Once you have mastered the Orbit around your body you can start working with your dog to get it to orbit a different object, for example a tree stump or traffic cone.

Tricks for Treats – Intermediate – Introduction

Welcome to the CANINE Pawsibilities family and thank you for enrolling in the Tricks for TreatsIntermediate School.

In many languages and cultures there is a proverb that says:

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks “

Do not fall into the trap of believing this! If the correct stimuli and motivation is provided, dogs of any age or breed can be taught to perform tricks! Older dogs may take a while longer to master a new trick than a younger dog, or the trick may need to be adapted to the physical ability of the senior dog, but the experience for both the dog and handler is just as rewarding. In fact, teaching tricks to an older dog can provide important mental stimulation as they become less physically active.

Within this course we will introduce you a new trick on a monthly basis. All the tricks in this course are not equal. You may find that you are able to accomplish some of the tricks relatively quickly, others will probably take quite a bit longer to master. Do not worry if you are unable to master a particular trick within any given month. If you or your dog struggle with some aspect presented with a particular trick, do not give up or get disheartened.

There is a lot of information to take in from the videos and discussions. Take your time to build solid foundations, do not rush or skip the stages. The goal is to provide you with the underlying concepts and training steps to succeed with each trick.

Remember to be adaptable, if you find a particular trick easy, spend time to think how you can adapt and use the knowledge you have learned in teaching the trick to modify the trick. This does not necessarily mean making the overall trick more complicated but can include adapting it to a new location or situation.

Extending your online access

Some students who enrol in the Tricks for Treats – Beginner’s School find that they are not able to work through and master all of the modules and concepts presented within the 12 months access period that they have to the Online Course.

By popular request, we are able to offer an additional 1 years access to the Online content for the reduced rate of £15. Extending the Online access is purely optional, but will need to be done before your access to the course expires at the end of the initial 12 months.

If you find that you do need to take advantage of this extra 12 months of access, simply revisit this topic before your course access expires and click on the image below which will add this Extended Access offer to your online shopping basket.

The Tricks for Treats – Beginner’s School extended online access

Some students that enrol in the Tricks for Treats – Beginner’s School find that they are not able to work through and master all of the modules within the 12 months access period they have to the Online Course.

By popular request we are able to offer an additional 1 years access to the Online content for the reduced rate of £15.

Fun with the Hind Paw Lift

When you and your dog have mastered the Hind Paw lift you can start having some fun with the behaviour

Sit, Take it, Hold it, Sit & Give

In the previous couple of examples, we chained together two separate behaviours. In the next example we will now show you how to start chaining more behaviours that will allow you to work towards more complex sequences.

Down, Take it, Chin and more

When building your trick sequences, start using any of the core tricks you have learnt so far. Get used to chaining the individual tricks in lots of different orders to come up with fun sequences. As you get adept at building more complicated sequences you will find that the transitions between them will start to become seamless. Use your imagination develop and apply what you have learnt to come up with new tricks.

Bow and Chin

Another simple trick to start developing your chaining skills is to start with the “Bow” and then chain this with the “Chin” to the floor.

Emily shows how to achieve this with Phoebe and Leo in the next short video.