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    my lovely Gypsy is really intelligent and she is well trained and some days i wish I could train her to do more lol. So I had a go a teaching her to weave through my legs. 30mins later she was doing of hand signals alone (Yay Gypsy)
    So I was wondering what 'tricks' i could teach her to give her more stimulation and diversity when playing.
    She currently:
    Sit
    Wait (Stay)
    Walks perfectly on lead
    Excellent recall off lead(even around other dogs)
    Lay down
    Roll over
    Paw (shake)
    Up
    Down(off people)
    and of course her favarite lol Fetch

    and now 'Through' which is under my legs.

    I would love to do agility with her but to my knowledge the nearest club is 2hrs away so for now that isn't an option sadly.
    I don't by any means want to have a 'robot' dog but i would like to be able make her think a bit more as she seems to love challenges.
    So please any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance

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    Make your own agility equipment. It's easy.

    Just get some hulu hoops and fabric for tunnels.

    Boards and with strips nailed on them for ramps.

    A couple of stick with a pole resting on them for jumps.

    Garden stakes for weaving poles.

    You can have a lot of fun with it at home and if you ever decide to go to an agility event you will be prepared

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    Gypsy sounds like an intelligent well trained dog.

    One thing I've trained my dog to do is find things using scent.
    I let him smell the thing I want him to find, then I make him stay and I hide it. Then I release him with the command "find it". When he finds it he gets a food reward.
    He loves this game and it only takes seconds to learn.
    I started making him find food and he got reward for each find, now he can find almost anything and I give him a reward most times.
    I mix a few "find it" games into his regular training, it helps keep him motivated and stimulates a bit of different grey matter than his other training.
    My kids love playing "find it" with him too.

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    Definately will have a go at that Crested, I think she would love that My OH would love the chance at DIY constuction too :P
    Bundy I hadn't thought of scent training. Will give that a go too

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    You could try spin. Sort of like chasing after her tail really fast. I've always wanted to teach my Kelpie X BC that, but it was too hard. That's a good challenge.
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    I definately will give that a go Aussie! I could take her to the beach and see how deep she can drill a hole in the sand lol
    I might leave it to last tho :P

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    I started teaching Gypsy 'Spin' today and we did well appart from one little detail... she gets dizzy after 3 spins in a row ROFLMAO. She gets around the 3rd time and her back legs go out from under her and she starts rocking like she's on a boat.
    It is raining right now or I would be outside working on 'Seek' or planning my Agility course
    Are there any other suggestions I could try today? she is getting bored inside today so I would like to work with her to keep her stimulated

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    You could continue the scent training with her inside, assuming of course that she's allowed in other rooms of the house. What about 'dance'. Up on back legs and bouncing or spinning. That's a pretty tough thing for a big dog to do mind you. I've only seen little fluffy things doing that.

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    Running and stopping is fun.

    I get mine to run/sprint right next to me, then I suddenly come to a halt and they stop and sit right beside me.

    It good exercise for both of you and it keeps the dog on their toes watching you waiting for you to stop.

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    You could try to teach "crawl" just keep a treat very low level on the ground and get your dog to crawl after it. After a while, just the command works. Then there's ask - hold the treat above the dogs head, the behind goes down and the front comes up. Close the door, and close the drawer. I do all my training with tiny little treats - I use cat biscuits. Small enough not to disturb the diet too much, but very tasty. Then there's the one for bikky - she has to touch the door that I keep the dog biscuits in, or chickie wing, the fridge. Point is another good one, she has to use her paw to point to the pocket I have a treat in. It helps quite a deal to have a dog that is food motivated.

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