Using Positive Training methods I’ve been able to teach Petal a fair amount of fun tricks. My personal favorite is High Five. I taught Petal this trick to get her to stop slapping me. Those of you who have been reading our blog since we were Two Collies and a Mutt will remember Ella the mutt (if you’re new here, click here to see Ella). Ella loved to slap people. I don’t know why, but it hurt. I tried so many different things to try and get her to stop, but nothing worked. She wasn’t interested in turning that slap into a hand shake or a high five, unless of course it was a high five to your face. After Ella passed away Petal started slapping. It made me smile at first, reminding me of the silly lab mix I missed so much, but then it got annoying. So whenever Petal went for my face with her paw, I offered her my palm and praised her whenever she made contact with it. Problem solved!
I love this trick because there is something so satisfying about receiving a high five after accomplishing something and a high five from a dog is just plain adorable.
High five after we made it up the steep hill of our hike.
Check out the view! It was stunning.