This game is suitable for dogs that already know multiple tricks/cues and who are already familiar with clicker training.
In this game you don’t give the dog any clues about what he’s supposed to do, you just have to wait for the dog to do something. I didn’t have to teach Miki this game because he is always so enthusiastic when I pick up the clicker and put some kibble in my pocket that he is ready to do anything as long as he gets to eat the kibble.
I started this by picking up the clicker and some kibble and I sat in an arm chair without saying anything and waited for Miki to do anything (that he is allowed to do). This was enough to put Miki in a working mode and right away he sat in front of me because that is usually our starting position. I clicked for the sit and gave him a kibble. Then I said to him “do something else” even though at that time it wasn’t a cue that Miki recognised. When sitting didn’t lead to another click Miki lied down. I clicked and gave him another kibble. Then again I said to him “do something else” waited for him to do something else, clicked and gave him a kibble.
After every click+kibble I said “do something else”. It didn’t take long before Miki knew what he was supposed to do or it might have been that he got frustrated because he didn’t get kibble from the things he had already done and tried something else. But that was exactly what I wanted.
This kind of game can be really taxing so it’s really important to end the game before the dog gets too tired. Miki has so high energy levels that it’s almost impossible to tire him down so I let him do about 20-25 different things when we first played this game. At the time he knew about 70 tricks/cues so 20-25 was about the right amount for him.
In this game I don’t require that Miki performs the tricks that he does perfectly because the idea behind this game is to let the dog think for himself and try out different things.
When we play this game I click even when Miki does some little things like lifting a paw, backing up couple of steps, picking up a toy, licking his lips and all other little things that aren’t necessarily things that have been taught to him. Miki did try out things that he hadn’t been taught like rolling on the floor.
We play this game in different rooms and at our friends houses. When we play this game in different environments, Miki does different things and not always the same ones.
This game is so fun and it’s one of my favourite rainy day activity.