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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Silly Sliding Shyla!

This is another goofy way to get Shyla comfortable with trying scary surfaces. In this case, I was working on teaching Shyla to stand on things that slide.

Here's an example, the grand finale of our little game. Shyla stood on cardboard and stayed on it as it slid on our driveway.

Here's a video of the steps that I used to get Shyla to this point. It was much easier than I expected! I'm glad that it was easy because it was very tough on my back!

Notice that I started with her mat, which she knows. I let her lie down the first time that I slid her on her mat. Then, I transitioned her to standing as she slid. The third step was switching from the mat to a big piece of cardboard, and having her slide on the cardboard across a smooth floor. The final step was taking her outside to our rough driveway and having her slide on the cardboard. Notice that I started with very short bouts of sliding. Then, I increased it a little bit at a time.


  1. that is a super idea... we will try to make them more familiar with such things too... thanks for a fab idea...

  2. It's fun to watch this & see Shyla's reaction.
    My Astro would just sit down or walk away.

    The Wild Child and Mitzie

  3. Now that looks like oodles of fun, Shyla! You did a great job!

  4. hari oM
    This is such fun to watch! Better watch out Shyla or that wummin is gonna have ya on a skateboard!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. I can't decide who is the smarter of you two, Shyla or you. this is really super cool.

  6. Wow! She is so trusting of you. Incredible.

  7. Looks hard work bending down and tugging. Shyla is.. ditto.. incredible..I find it hard to choose the right words for her and for your perseverance and patience, and all the hew and different things you have taught her. Wonderful.

  8. You are such an incredible trainer. And Shyla is the perfect student. You are well paired.

  9. This is great! Wagging tails don't lie. That is one girl happy to work with you no matter what weird things you come up with, So lovely to see her enthusiasm!

    Chris from Boise

  10. It looks like Shyla thinks you are playing a fun game. I love the way R just lays in the background and doesn't even show an interest in what you are doing.

  11. Well, that would be hard on even a perfectly fine back. You would do anything for Shyla:) And she has such faith and trust in you for what you are asking her to do. Time to practice some of your techniques with Lightning.

    Loved seeing R just chilling in the background there:)

  12. Would you come by our place and teach Madison to use the teeter? She is pretty fearless, but she does not like the teeter! Mom is working on it, but it takes a lot of time and creativity to overcome a fear. You do great with Shyla.


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