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Tricky Turkey

February 7th, 2011 | Posted by Emily in Blog Love | Doggies!

In December, I vowed in this post to do a few things over my Christmas break (since I never did get around to writing a Christmas letter). Besides becoming masters of Donkey Kong Returns for Wii (which we are only one level away from beating!), I also vowed that Daniel and I would teach Turk at least one trick.

Our inspiration for Turk’s latest trick comes from one of my favorite blogs, Two Pitties in the City, which is about a couple’s life in Chicago with their two adorable pitties, Mr. B & Ms. M.

Mr. B and Ms. M do all kinds of adorable tricks and I’d like for Turk to follow their lead.

I really want to expand Turk’s repertoire because: (1) it’s cute to show off at parties; and (2) it helps to calm Turk down when he has a task to complete.

We used this as inspiration:

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Turk managed to pick this trick up pretty quickly…isn’t he a champ?!

He also has “playing dead” down pat…

Ignore his red belly - he has a sensitive tummy and the cold irritates it...we're dealing with it though.

Unfortunately, Rufus cannot be bothered with learning any tricks…

Too cool for (training) school.

Daniel is working on teaching Turk to ‘heel’ and to ‘take a bow.’ We’ll see how it goes…he’s the trick-teacher in this house.

What cool tricks have you taught your dogs?

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5 Responses

  • avatar Cori says:

    Aww. Turk is so smart! Congrats on teaching him the treat trick.

  • We’re so excited for Turk; quite the fast learner! And we’re so glad our pooches could serve as inspiration Miss M is a fast learner, but I think Mr. B can only know 3 tricks at a time; he gets confused easily.

  • avatar Lisa says:

    That is hilarious!!! Nice work! Chili would have drool literally pouring out of her mouth if we taught her that.

  • avatar Bridget says:

    McGee now knows sit, lay down, stay, heel, and leave it. I’m working on teaching him how to shake, and hopefully high five. When I got him at 9 months old he had not had ANY training, so slowly but surely he’s making progress! I like the idea of take a bow. I might try that one too.

    • avatar Emily says:

      Those are all great tricks! We are working on heel with Turk…he sort of gets it but not quite. As long as he walks okay on the leash (with the aid of his gentle leader), we’re not too worried about it. We did teach Turk to “dance” for his treats – which really is just dangling them above his head and watching him jump around.