Jax learned a new "trick"!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by gritsar, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Yesterday I was in the kitchen, DH was in the living room when he hollered for me to bring him the flyswatter. Since I was busy and Jax was standing right next to me, I handed Jax the flyswatter and told him to take it to Daddy. He did! DH used it, then handed it back to Jax and told him to bring it to me and he did! After that we tried the same thing with several others items, some wooden utensils, the phone book and Jax did what we told him each time.
    Given this new talent, today I started dropping things (on purpose) and telling Jax to "give" and he's doing it!
    At little more than 4 months old, this puppy's intelligence is amazing me.
    Since I am disabled with limited mobility, I can see I'm going to have a big helper on my hands.
    Just wanted to share! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2009
  2. Bantamlover23

    Bantamlover23 Songster

    Aug 6, 2008
    Chuluota, FL
    That is really cool. [​IMG]
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    A GSD?? Very nice, we're supposed to get a 5 month old GSD in the next few days, they are the best
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Yep, a sable male. His breeder states that they breed for protection and obedience and Jax is certainly living up to that claim. We intend to get a female from the same breeder, different sire and dam, as soon as Jax gets a bit older.
  5. Isablahblah

    Isablahblah Songster

    Jul 7, 2009
    that is so cool i wish my dog would do that!
  6. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    That is amazing. And he just did that automatically without any training? You have a really smart dog on your hands. Are you going to breed them, or are they just for helpers and pets?

    Oh, and where are the pics? You need to catch one of him "helping" and post it!
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2009
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:He did that particular "trick" without training. I handed him the flyswatter and told him to take it to daddy as a joke, never thinking he would actually do it.
    He's trying to outsmart me with some of his other tricks. Last week I taught him to sit and then shake paws. At first I used little liver treats to get him to do it. Once he was doing it 100% of the time I stopped with the treats and just gave him praise. I still offer the treats as a reward every once in awhile as re-inforcement.
    Last night I went to get 2 of the treats to practice the paw shaking with him. As soon as he heard me rattle the carton of treats he ran in the living room. When I got there he was sitting in front of my chair, paw raised, waiting to shake. [​IMG]
    We don't have any definite plans to breed him, although we do intend to get a female from the same breeder when Jax is a little older. I am alone on this farm at night when my DH works and Jax is here to provide me with comfort and companionship.
    ETA: I'll get pics on my DH's days off next week.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2009
  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Oh my gosh, thats wonderful! What a sweetie Jax is! Give that good little boy a biscuit or 2! [​IMG]
  9. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    Like I said, little puppy Einstein. [​IMG]

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