A new trick

December 28 /09

Hey everyone. I taught my parents a new trick.
They toss a ball at me and I bounce it off my nose and they catch it. Then they toss it back and I hit it again. We send the ball back and forth until they can't catch it or they throw wrong.
It makes them laugh and give me cookies. So you may want to try it with your parents.

How to play
Make sure to use a soft ball so you don't hurt your snooter.
Sit close to the pitcher so the throws are fast and tight.

Don't bonk the ball too hard. That sends them running after it laughing and squealing, and they could lose interest. Only do that when you don't want to play anymore - like when the game is cutting into your walk time, like here:

Ooops ... hey, what d'ya know? It's time for my walk ...
If they toss the ball too far, go after it but don't bring it back. Eventually they'll learn to throw properly.

... Ooookay .... bye.
Here's a demonstration of a well-trained mom. Notice I had to bonk her on the nose to keep her alert.
End the game when they stop paying attention.

What's with all that "good boy" stuff? I'm just letting her think I'm performing a cute trick, when really, SHE is ... good girl, Mama !

When they've improved their game, take it outside to a bigger playing field. If they play well, reward them tail wags and continue the game. If they don't, ignore it and walk away.

And remember, play ONLY for treats. Otherwise, don't play. They'll catch on.

Have fun!



Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I wonder if that sport will make it to the Khanine Olympikhs?!?

Great job Handsome!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Chef!
That is a pawesome trick!
Thanks for the tips. I will try it with my mom!
Kisses and hugs

Kasha said...

Ok Chef that is hilarious and amazing! I am going to make Africa watch this over and over until she gets it. Good trick!
Kasha and Africa

Noah the Airedale said...

You are a hoot Chef. We'll have to try that game with our pinkies. I'm not sure if we'll be able to play it as well as you though.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Maggie and Mitch said...

Wow! You're a pro at that game, Chef! We need to try that with our mom and see how long it takes her to catch on!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

Ya know, my mom throws the ball to me and it bounces off my head, but she doesn't ever catch it. Go figure.


FleasGang said...

Great training of your people, Chef! Give them some time and they'll catch up to speed. Happy New Year!!

Shelly & Tommy

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Oh Chef, you make my mom and I feel useless. Neither of us are good at sport, sigh!
But we'll try, look like a fun game, I can do it, yes, I can train my mom to cooperate with me!
May it be the start to a pawsome new year.
Love ya lots!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Happy New Year Chef...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Joe Stains said...

Do you get bonus points if you knock her glasses off? I so want to try this.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Wow - Chef - that is a neat trick!! I think you'd be giving David Beckham a run for his money soon...hee! hee!

Honey the Great Dane

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Good game. Do the humans understand the rules?

Life With Dogs said...

I don't know how I missed you Chef, but belated new year wishes nonetheless! :)