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Kirsty

Kirsty

Hi, I'm Cooper's owner!

19 posts

A lot of people wonder why I (Kirsty, owner) chose to get a shih tzu (instead of a different dog breed). The short answer is: the shih tzu ticked all the boxes for the traits I wanted, and was a good fit for my lifestyle.

In 2012 I was preparing

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0 Comments 20 July 2015

I do it partly because I like to challenge him and keep his mind active, but I also think that dogs are capable of a lot more than most of us give them credit for, especially when it comes to communication. Have you ever heard of Koko the gorilla? Did

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I started training Cooper a few days after I got him when he was 8 weeks old. I would ask him to sit, and when he did I would praise him and give him a piece of chicken. He figured it out very fast! I used this same method to

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Unfortunately there isn't a clear time length for any of them, and many of them involve improvement over long periods of time. For example, he got the concept of putting the shape in the shape sorter hole within about 5-10 minutes, but to start learning the shapes took weeks, and

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Is Cooper's tongue always out?

Nope, it's not! Based on his photos you might assume that his tongue always hangs out, but that's just because I tend to upload photos where it's out. I normally ask him to stick out his tongue before I take a photo!

Although his tongue does hang out a lot

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Counting Kibble

This tutorial will explain how I taught Cooper to “count” pieces of kibble. You must follow the “Communicating using buttons” tutorial before you follow this one.

You’ve probably seen videos of dogs counting and doing math before. Most of these dogs, even the famous ones, are receiving extremely subtle

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0 Comments 19 July 2015
Communicating Using Buttons

This tutorial will explain how I taught Cooper to press a button which has a symbol representing a type of food. This tutorial is the prerequisite for the “counting” trick.

Cooper does a few different tricks using talking buttons: pressing a button which represents an object or type of food;

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Where's Your Tongue?

This is the trick that people ask about the most so I thought I would explain it first! Ever since Cooper was a young puppy he has had his tongue sticking out some of the time. When he was 3 months old I decided to turn it into a trick.

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How I taught Cooper to play with a shape sorter

Getting a dog to play with a shape sorter is a multi-part process. He needs to be able to:

  • Pick up an item on command (or at least take it off of you)
  • Drop an item on command
  • Drop an item inside of something on command

Cooper and his first shape sorter

I used only positive

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