Tatum’s Taking the Dumbbell!

Yay! I’m so excited. For a while there I didn’t think she’d ever take the dumbbell on her own.

Tatum Dumbbell
Tatum Dumbbell

I’ve been putting squeeze cheese on the dumbbell for her to lick, which she really likes. And no matter how many times I’ve read, in clicker training books, that a dog will naturally just open her mouth to take the thing after a while… I have never had a dog do that. Or else maybe I’m just not patient enough. LOL

So, with the help of my trainer, I rolled the bar of the dumbbell into her mouth when she was licking.Β  She wasn’t too crazy about that, but when the dumbbell was in, I would click, and you could tell she understood that.

It only took a couple of days for her to start opening her mouth and taking the dumbbell in on her own! I was thrilled! So I didn’t need to start a hair loss treatment as I wasn’t pulling my hair out for too long!

So now we work on duration.. how long the dumbbell stays in her mouth. It’ll come, for sure. And she has to take it when it’s on the ground. All doable. I did it all with Levi and Lucy and they love the dumbbell. πŸ™‚

My smart smooth collie girl is gonna do obedience!

13 thoughts on “Tatum’s Taking the Dumbbell!”

  1. That’s a pretty good looking dumbbell. Why wouldn’t any dog want to run around with that thing in their mouth. Nice job working with her.

  2. Great job Tatum! Its really hard to teach that! Seeya! Kisses!

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  3. Always exciting when a dog finally learns a new trick. We’re trying to get ours to keep a treat on his nose, and then flip it up to catch it.

    So far he just looks down and then eats it off the floor. Oh well, at least he’s pragmatic.

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  4. Its been a couple of days hows this training going? I interested in his progress….

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  5. My problem with Ace is he drops whatever is in his mouth right away because he wants me to throw it. He will bring anything to me, but then drops it. He will not hold. Whenever I try to teach him the “hold” command I end up really losing my temper. So, since he is a mutt and we can’t compete in obedience anyway, I haven’t gotten anywhere.

    I should probably try the clicker. And work on it every day and not lose my temper. Just haven’t decided if it’s worth it or not.

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    1. Oh but Lindsay you can compete in obedience with a mix! The only venue that doesn’t allow mixes is the stinky AKC. We are going to be doing ASCA obedience in may, I love it! The people are nice and happy and the dogs seem happier than AKC also.

      I love seeing mixes in Obedience!

  6. I don’t know about the dumbbell thing. I would like to teach our boxer to pick up his leash and bring it to me when I take him for a walk. I never tried clicker training, but it may just be the solution.

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  7. Cyn, you are such a great trainer! I just love the way you work through problems and keep your focus on the positive. I can learn a lot from you (and plan to do just that!). Actually, I’ve started working a little with Abby and her dumbell, too — can’t have you and Tatum having all the fun, you know!

  8. She is the cutest puppy (except for mine of course) πŸ™‚

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  9. NICE! This is really good training. I didn’t know that dogs could do weights lol .. Keep it up πŸ™‚

  10. A good training method I liked.

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