Tab uses positive reinforcement training, with a clicker. His explanations for each trick (along with other dog-centric advice) are extremely clear and thorough — much better than any other videos I’ve seen so far. He provides easily followed step-by-step instructions. And his adorable long-haired German Shepherd, Solea, is a downright genius.
So far, we’ve managed to teach Saggio more than 20 tricks, simply by using the techniques taught in Tab’s videos. Don’t pay for a trainer, just watch Tab.
Here’s Saggio playing in our new backyard (!), which is just the woods. I’m teaching him to climb stuff, which helps build up his confidence and trust with me, so he’ll do way cooler tricks in the future. (The part at the end where he threads the needle between the trees was all his idea, however.)
This video also exemplifies one of the main reasons I moved out of NYC: space and freedom to run. Of all the things New York has to offer, freedom to move is not one of them, especially for a dog like Saggio. Here’s to the woods!
(P.S. I apologize for the crappy video quality. This was shot on my iPhone 3G with the iVideoCamera app, so it’s a bit bootleg.)