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Fur-Babies (16): Bang! by JD_Renaissance
When I was in my early teens, I trained JuJu and Boston’s aunt Shiloah. I taught her the basics of sit, stay, lay down, and shake hands – a poodle trademark trick. I also taught her, with some help, how to hold a cookie on her nose, flip it into the air, and then catch it. Shiloah was a breeze to train as she was willing to please and loved to do tricks. So, when we got JuJu, I thought I could train her the same way with the same ease. In a way, this was the case, though it took JuJu a little longer to catch on and there are certain tricks that Doxies can’t do; shaking hands isn’t possible because every time she would try she’d fall over, her chest weighing too much and her arms too short. But there were other tricks, doxie trademarks, that made a world of difference. JuJu is our performing dachshund. She loves to beg, sit, lay down, sing, roll over, and dance on command. When it comes to training Boston, I’ve decided that as long as she has two or three basics, I’m not going to worry about it. This isn’t because Boston can’t do the tricks. Actually, it’s because she figured out how not to do them. She can sit, lay down, beg, and on occasion she’ll stay. But when it comes to the more complicated tricks like rolling over, singing, and dancing she figured that if she sits and looks stupid long enough we’ll just give her the cookie anyway. But, there is one trick we are determined to teach her eventually. Her sister knows it, but will only do it when my dad gives her the command. He will point his finger at her, yell “Bang!” and pretend to shoot her. JuJu then rolls onto her back, raises her paws, and surrenders.
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