Trick Dog Challenge Update #4 – Shake Head No

DashDash learned to shake her head “no” through shaping. Through shaping I also taught her to nod her head “yes”. When she learned that command, I originally shaped her to touch my foot with her nose. When she comprehended that, I aborted the behavior as soon as she lowered her head and she immediately raised it for the treat when she heard the click.

Shaping works best with a prop.  It’s very difficult to shape a sit, or a down, or a stand.  But, VERY easy to shape interaction with a prop.  In this case, the interaction I need is for DashDash to “look” at the prop.


With the “no”, I needed a prop. I have a telescoping target stick that I adhered a 1” “tennis ball” to the end. Where it took her several training sessions to understand to offer multiple head nods. It only took one training session to learn to move her head side to side multiple times.

This trick would count as a write in for the AKC Advanced Trick Title.  You can learn how to train this trick in Baebea’s Dog Training Trick Classes.

  1. Back up
  2. Balance disc
  3. Barrel Racing (run around cone)
  4. Basketball
  5. Behind (pass behind me while walking)  2/4/18
  6. Bow
  7. Come
  8. Crawl
  9. Directed Jumping
  10. Directed Retrieve
  11. Doggy push ups
  12. Down
  13. Drop it/give
  14. Fetch to hand
  15. Figure 8 (through legs)
  16. Find me
  17. Find object with my scent (scent discrimination)
  18. Front
  19. Get dressed(stick head through collar)    2/1/18
  20. Head cock
  21. Head down
  22. Head nod yes      11/11/17
  23. Head shake no     3/7/18
  24. Hike back leg
  25. Hoop jump
  26. Jump
  27. Jumping figure 8
  28. Kennel up
  29. Leave it
  30. Nose touch
  31. Nosework
  32. Paw touch
  33. Paws on arm
  34. Paws up
  35. Perch work (pivot with front legs on perch)
  36. Pickpocket
  37. Play dead
  38. Ring toss
  39. Settle
  40. Shake hands
  41. Shell game (find the toy)
  42. Side step
  43. Sit
  44. Spin
  45. Stack bowls
  46. Stand
  47. Stay
  48. Teeter
  49. Touch my hand
  50. Tug (she’s a Doberman, afterall)
  51. Tunnel
  52. Walk
  53. Walk on loose leash – heel
  54. Watch me/focus
  55. Weave through legs
  56. Weaves
  57. Which hand holds the treat
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