Two months ago, I decided to dedicate some time to it again. It is one of the most fun ways to teach a dog new behaviors. In fact, after two months of practicing, I've taught Shyla more complex combinations of behaviors than I've taught her any other way.
When teaching a dog mimicry, you start with very simple behaviors that your dog already knows how to do. One of the hardest parts is figuring out how to imitate a dog's way of doing something like crawling or carrying a toy in their mouth. In this video and the next one (probably next week), you'll get to see my silly imitations.
One of the behaviors that you'll see me do and then Shyla imitate it is the one shown in this photo - resting her chin between her front paws. It was one of the first ones that she learned to imitate.
Here is the first video of Shyla mimicking my behaviors. Enjoy, and don't hesitate to laugh at us!
I really love teaching our dogs new ways of learning and fun games that we can do together. Mimicry falls into both of those categories!
In case you're interested, there is a book lays out how to teach your dog to imitate you.