One of the more entertaining and unique requests I received was from a friend who is a magician in LA. Cydney wanted individualized dog training at home for her tiny Pomeranian dog. The goal was to have this adorable dog be part of the big reveal at the end of a 10-15 minute show. Cydney described the circumstance to me: the dog needed to be able to quietly sit in what looked like a gift bag. Of course the bag was specially designed for the dog’s comfort, but Midge was not used to being in that type of enclosure.
I was very surprised to hear that in LA, with more dogs being trick trained for TV and movies, not one of the many trainers she contacted would help. In her review she says, “Sue was the ONLY dog trainer willing to take on my unique request,” and “she was thorough and very easy to work with. I’m happy to report, my dog has been trained and ready to perform!”
The Power of Stay
I quickly realized this primarily would be a matter of getting the dog to master a “stay” command. We worked through some basic concepts and then started to teach stay. With intention, we helped the dog master it by working through many levels of distraction. As always, we made the cues simple, and Cydney followed through consistently. Before long, they were able to do the trick and were able to perfectly perform for their audition. Frequently, I tell people how life changing a reliable “stay” can be, and in this case it was very true: after the audition, their trick got booked to be in the next series of acts! Great job Cydney!
To read Cydney’s full Google review, click here.
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