Category: Get Stick


This learning thing takes a long time.

So far I’ve figured out that “get stick” means treats, that a real stick will get me a treat, and how to pick up the stick and move it, and even to hunt the thing down.  We’ve been doing this a lot more than the last four videos show, and here’s yet another one.  But in this one you’ll see that mom and I are both getting better at it.  Mom is a whole lot more patient.  She’s waiting me out, even when I lie down and flatly refuse to cooperate.  I’m just testing her you see.  I mean really, ya gotta find out how serious they really are before you just jump up and do what they want, right?

Tomorrow she’s going to make this even harder, I just know it.  Come back and find out how.  In the meantime, enjoy this video of me being a good boy.  🙂

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Wags and Woofs!  🙂

This whole get stick thing is getting pretty old.  I don’t know why Mom won’t just give me all the treats she has in that bowl she’s hoarding.

If you’ve been following along, so far mom has gotten me to associate the words “get stick” with treats, has introduced a stick into the process, and gotten me to move it.  Now I’m supposed to hunt the stick down and pick it up.  But I don’t wanna!

This video makes that pretty clear.  All I want to do is eat the treats in the bowl, and I’m being pretty stubborn about it.  Mom is being just as stubborn and won’t give me any.  Geesh!  I think long and hard about it and finally give in.  I know, giving into the Dictator!  Mom sure is stingy about giving out those treats unless I do what she says.  But when I do, oh is life good!  She even tells me I’m a good boy!  I sure do love that.

Stay tuned tomorrow for an update of how I’m doing learning my job of picking up sticks in the backyard.  One day I’m going to be so good at this that I’ll be able to help mom out.  That would be nice for my mom I think.

In the meantime, leave a comment and let me know if you think I should have held out for the treats or if I was better off giving in to her demands.

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Happy Woofs to you!  🙂

If you’ve read the blog the last couple of days you know that mom is teaching me to be more helpful around the house– er, yard.  She’s teaching me to pick up sticks in the backyard.

After I had mastered the first two steps — learning that “get stick” means I get something good, and introducing a real live stick — mom made things a little harder.  This time I had to pick the stick up a move it around a little bit.

You’ll see mom do a couple of bad things in this video.  Teaching us dogs to do stuff takes LOTS of patience on the part of humans.  Mom gets a little impatient and says “get stick” too many times when she should have just waited for me to do what I was supposed to do.  My brain was processing those words “get stick” and I was deciding if I was going to do it or not.  If she had waited I would’ve done it, but on my time table.

Also, you’ll notice she gave me a treat a couple of times even when I didn’t do exactly what she was expecting.  Like, one time, I just touched the stick with my nose instead of picking it up.  She fell into my trap and gave me a treat anyway.  She’s such a sucker for my cuteness.

We did this a whole bunch of times, way more than you see in the video.  When I had mastered the whole pick up and move the stick thing she made things a little more challenging: she moved the stick!  I had to actually go hunt the dumb thing down.  I got real tired of that real quick, so that part only shows up at the very end of the video.

So what do you think?  Can you learn the get stick thing?  Think you can start helping mom and dad around the house, or, um, yard?  Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

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Woof and out!  🙂

Get Stick Part 2

Yesterday I told you about how mom is teaching me my new job of picking up sticks in the backyard.  We started out with treats on the ground that I ate while she said “get stick”.  Good stuff.

The next step was to bring in an actual real live stick.  All I had to do was touch the stick with my nose and she’d give me a treat.  Pretty good deal if you ask me.  We did this a whole bunch of times in a couple short sessions.

This is a short video of me showing how I mastered this part pretty easily (I’m smarter than she thought!):

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Thanks for stopping by!  Woof!

Mom needs help.  Lots of help (furr sure!), but I can’t do lots of things.  I can sit, shake, lie down, come when called, and wait.  I’m real good at those things.  But mom doesn’t think those are so helpful around the house.  They make me a good dog, but they don’t do much for getting the chores done.  So, she’s decided that I need to help pick up sticks in the backyard.  But, she has to teach me.  I’m a good dog, but I don’t know everything!

We’ve been working on this for a while.  She’s no dog trainer, that’s furr sure!  In fact, when you view the video below you’ll see that.  You’ll also see that she’s no good with a camera.  She took this video on her cell phone camera, so the quality isn’t that good, plus she was too close to me.  Learning Get Stick is an up close and personal activity.

We started learning Get Stick over the winter, but didn’t have much success.  When we started again this spring she didn’t think about filming it, so this video is sort of a catch up on what we did at first.

She read a couple of books and a bunch of stuff online about how to train me on how to do stuff, and she started out real easy, just like the experts say.  First she put a treat (yum!) on the ground and said the words “get stick” every time I ate the treat.  I loved that because it meant I got lots of treats.  We did that a whole bunch of times.  I mean a whole bunch.  I loved that furr sure!  Mom says that doing this associated the words “get stick” with something good.  Doing it a bunch of times let my brain catch up and make the connection in my head.  Whatever that means.

Tomorrow we’ll post the next step in this whole really long process.

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Also, we’d love to hear what things you know how to do, or that your mom or dad have taught you to do.  How did they do it?  Did you enjoy it?  Leave a comment!  🙂

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