Recently I found out that my work has a skateboard! They use it in their puppy classes for socialization and also as a distraction in some of their other classes. I'm sure you guys have all seen those cute videos of dogs fearlessly riding their skateboard down the street. I've always wanted to teach that to my dogs.
Phoenix got introduced to the skateboard during her impulse control class. That was the first time she's ever been allowed to check out a skateboard. Within seconds I had shaped her to put her paws on it and hop along as it moved.
The next day was Zoe's nosework class, so I got to work early with the intention of doing some more shaping with the skateboard. Phoenix was a lot more confident on her second try.
Zoe likes the skateboard WAY more than Phoenix does. Zoe was pretty much fearless with it. Why that surprises me, I'm not really sure. Zoe has been on a full sized teeter totter before and she's never been afraid of standing on things that move. She's afraid of everything else but apparently not moving objects.
Both dogs had fun trying to figure out what I wanted them to do and I'm going to have to buy them their own skateboard!
Have you ever taught your dogs to stand on something that moves before? How did it go?