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    Default Dog Mimicking Another Dog!

    Has any one ever seen this happen?

    we walk with a friend and her cav, a couple of times a week, the cav is very well trained, they do agility and obedience. We dont!

    Pepsi is well trained, she has all of the basics plus reliable recall, all i ever dreamed of, considering she has basically no training when we got her at 2 yrs.

    She is now 9 and she is picking things up from her little doggy friend, in the past month or so, she has started shaking, speaking and weaving between legs while walking, i have never taught her these things, i only discovered them when my friend was showing us her dogs new tricks and doing some old tricks and she started following and doing the actions at the same time.

    I am now encouraging her to do them, she is extremely food motivated and loves praise. But i have read a lot online and in books but never heard of this happening. there are cases of older dogs teaching pups but not a younger adult teaching an old dog new tricks!

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    Frosty is a great teacher.

    She taught another puppy to roll over to greet dogs and people. They looked very funny together, head to head, both on their backs with their paws in the air. The lab puppy owner was less than impressed - "you've corrupted my dog", but she laughed too.

    Frosty also fetches wayward puppies - they chase her back to me when I call her.

    And she has persuaded more than one reluctant dog to go for a swim.

    I don't think she's taught any of the other dogs to shake hands or speak yet though - I taught her those things. And she hasn't managed to master the art of fetch by copying other dogs.

    Our previous family dog - learned to cock her leg from other dogs.

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    Wow. That sounds very good! Wish someone had a dog like that for Dora!

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    You need to find the place where city people take their farm dogs to exercise. Then again some of those things happen at obedience club. Frosty makes lots of fun friends there.

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    We use older dogs to help us teach younger dogs/ puppies certain things, so it is quite normal for dogs to learn from others, no matter what it is 'they pick up.'

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    Keeda used to do this when peeing. When she played with a male dog and saw him lift his leg to pee, she would start lifting her leg, too. But when she saw a female dog squat to pee, she would squat as well. Now that she's grown she squats all the time, but I've seen male puppies mimic her squatting when peeing

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