Glitterbug, Thor and I played this game for the first time today. It's a great game but one I have never played with my dogs before. Here's the gist: I say, "Show Me a Trick!" Then each dog gets rewarded for any cute/good behavior shown. This morning's reward was string cheese.
Glitter showed me sit, down, spin (both directions), and lots of back ups.
Thor showed me sit, down, bow, and 2 get-in-your-crates.
All tricks were offered, not cued. Each time I saw a "trick," I said, "That's a good trick!" before delivering the treat. What a fun game!
This game gets the dogs thinking (Thor did some jumping up but those "tricks" were ignored). It's fun and silly. Some people require that it be a different trick for each treat. I didn't because we've never played before; I wanted to keep the rate of reinforcement high while establishing a new game. My verbiage meant nothing to the dogs but kept the game silly and fun for me!
Thor's Private Game:
When Thor outgrew the collar he came in, I replaced it with an old one I had. This one is two big and the excess length hangs down about 6 inches. While I was working on my computer, about six feet from Thor's crate, he started to chew and pull on the hanging tab. I must have been really focused on my work because I wasn't aware that Thor's antics pulled the buckle from its hole, and he was collarless. Mission accomplished! He didn't chew on the collar any further. Silly dog!