Friday, September 18, 2009

He's a Genius!

So The Hawklet has no name, but he's a genius already, at 12 weeks old. Tonight I decided it was time to start some training. Since I skipped the dog shows with Syd, this is kind of like a "free weekend" and I thought it would be good to see what kind of brain the little guy has!

I did about 10 click/treat to help him understand that the click means good things. Then I put a treat in the clicker hand, and c/t when he touched my hand. That was it, then we were off for the real test.

Here is the first video, of the first time we practiced TOUCH. Notice the moment the Light Bulb goes off and he figures out how to get the cookie (which is really a piece of kibble). :-)


Now in the second video, 30 seconds later, it's clear that the puppy is a genius, and he is training for Speed Touch competition.

6 comments:

stjocorgi said...

I knew it. I just knew it. The Hawklet is a genius...you are going to have so much fun with him. Can't wait to see the little guy again while he's still little! Beauty, brains, agile, travels well, what a Hawklet - and no matter what you name him, he'll always be Hawklet to his Chauffeur...Kathy

Garrett808 said...

that hawklet is about the cutest thing since...well...darby.. LOL

i LOVE him!

Lybertygirl said...

OMG - what a smart puppy and cute too - makes me want one!!!!!!

Ivy said...

Gosh Laura, I have two for you to choose from! haaa.

Sarah said...

Oops, that wasn't from Ivy, it was from Sarah. I was logged in to view her slideshow and I didn't realize it would also log me in as Ivy to Blogger! duh.

So again,

Gosh Laura, I have two for you to choose from!!!

ocmist said...

You're right! You have a young genius on your hands! That was so quick. I've heard of clicker training, but don't know much about it. We have a touch recorder that says what we want it to say and Dott learned very quickly that she will get a treat (It's programmed to say "Jerky Please") if she touches it.

I guess I need to read up on what the uses would be for clicker training. Our dogs do lots of tricks and a couple of them do helper dog tasks for me for treats. Linda (OC's Mom)