We’ve been taking an obedience class organized by the West Los Angeles Obedience Club and taught by a fantastic trainer, Lynn Medlin, for the past six weeks. To our relief, we’ve been making great strides in our walking skills (taming the pulling, husky side of Toki) and reinforcing the lessons learned in our initial puppy class. It was during our most recent session that we picked up a 30-second dog trick: how to get our pup to catch treats in her mouth.
The technique was so easy, we taught her in the 30 seconds or so it took to describe the trick!
All you do is toss a treat into the air and let your dog try to catch it. If she doesn’t, scoop up the treat before she can get to it, ask her to watch you, and toss it again. It took only a few tries for Toki to figure out that she needed to catch the treat if she wanted to eat it. It took her another half dozen or so tries to actually succeed in catching the treat in the air. (If you’d like, you can also add a command, like “catch!” to alert your dog before you throw the treat.)
It’s a fun and easy trick that takes almost no skill to teach! : ) And it’s a great way to get your dog’s full attention too.