That old adage about old dogs and new tricks – pssshaawww! On the cusp of this eleventh birthday, McGee the Chi earned his official Trick Dog Title, Novice from Do More With Your Dog. Watch how he does it!
We got rather over-excited about the project, so the video includes more elements than are officially considered “tricks” by the adjudicators. That is to say some of them are Obedience exercises. The criteria for the Novice Title is to achieve 15 points, with each Novice level trick worth one point. Intermediate level trick count for 2 points! So the ones that “count” towards McGee’s title in this video are the following:
- Focus / Watch 6 seconds
- Doggy Push Ups – Sit Down sequence
- Sit Pretty (Intermediate Level, 2 points!)
- Fetch (Bring it Near Me) – plus McGee throws it back but that’s not included in the criteria lol!
- Catch a ball in mid-air
- Stay (Sit) – 6 feet, 10 seconds
- Hand Signals (no voice) 3 behaviours (down, stand, speak)
- Paws up on an object
- Kennel Up with wait 5 seconds
- Jump Over leg – but he is too small so he jumps over my arm
- Pedestal – send from 3 feet, stay for 5 seconds
- Which hand holds the treat (2 x)
- Leave It 10 seconds
- Drop It
- Loose Leash Walking – 30 feet
- Bar Jump
- Hoop Jump
More Dog Titles for McGee
While we’re on the subject of titles, McGee also achieved his Canine Good Neighbour title in July 2019, at the experienced age of 9 years. He started practicing for this exam n his 9th birthday. Even more proof that senior dogs enjoy having a job just as much as any.
Especially during these stay-at-home times, when we have the option to spend a little more quality time with the pooches, consider investing some treats and play in your canine companion. Guaranteed they’ll appreciate the work.