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Linnea Sword

This is a picture of Snickers in a meadow of wildflowers in the central Sierra Nevada in California (our backyard). We recently took a camping trip in the high country, and she spent the entire time rolling around in the flowers and chasing the bugs. She loves going on day hiking trips to the river and local alpine lakes with my other Aussie, Doolittle, and is turning out to be quite the mountain dog! She is 2 years old and is a little firecracker!

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This trick involves having your dog stand up on her hind legs and move around in this upright position. This is one that should only be taught to fully grown dogs – it can be harmful to pups whose leg joints haven't fully developed. It's also not a good idea to try this if your dog is old and having joint problems.

1. The trick should be taught starting from a standing position. While your dog is standing, wave a treat over her to encourage her to stand up.

2. Don't reward if the dogs jumps at the treat. You want her actually standing with her hind legs touching the ground.

3. Once she shows the standing behavior, even for just a second, click and reward her.

4. Repeat this over and over, slowly increasing the amount of time she has to stand for before she gets a reward.

5. Once she can do this for a few seconds at a time, introduce the command "Dance" just before you start waving the treat around. Eventually phase out the treats and use your voice to get her to dance.

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"When a dog runs at you, whistle for him."

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