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Cross Paws
Collie dog crossing paws, dog trick

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Bonnie learns the dog trick, 'Cross Your Paws'.

Movie duration: 2 minutes 32 seconds


I love to teach tricks because it's fun, stimulating for dogs, and helps them learn what learning is all about. Showing off a new trick is good entertainment for family and friends, and is a way for people to find a connection with your dog. Instead of greeting a guest at the door by jumping up, isn't it better to have a dog sit and give a high five?

There are the standard tricks that I have always taught, but once in a while I like to try a new one. 'Cross Your Paws' is a trick that took me a little while to teach Bonnie. Before beginning, I broke it into several steps. As Bonnie became successful with each step, I moved on to the next one.

This is a really fun trick. I'm having a good time with it. When Bonnie is bored and looking for around for something to do, all I have to do it let her go through her list of tricks. She gets a treat or two, lots of praise, and big hugs.

Be sure not to rush the steps of this trick. It can take a couple of weeks to get a real good 'cross paw' motion. Faster isn't necessarily better.


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