Frog Trick

This is a cross post from our YouTube channel. If you already saw the video, feel free to skip down to see the photos.

I was teaching Java to put her head down on cue, but when I noticed that she’s rocking her hips forward as she does this I thought this would be a good way to teach the Frog trick (lying on her belly with hind legs fully extended behind her). She quickly caught on to what I wanted and within three minutes we had a frog! Well, at least with one leg. I shaped extending of the other leg the next day and she got it in just a few clicks. Love my girl!

Here’s what it looks like now:

A look from behind, just for fun 🙂


And some bonus photos of Ruby and Java:


Synchronized.


Such a pretty boy! I love Ruby’s eyes on this photo.


Puppy thinking this posing gig isn’t as much fun as people make it out to be 🙂

Thanks to Mateja for these wonderful photos!

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5 thoughts on “Frog Trick

  1. Penny

    zOMG, I think Lava is so cute I am going to die. Plus you work so nicely together. Awesome combination

  2. Your videos are so professional looking. I love how pushy and food motivated Java looks. I would like to see more of that in Maddie. Sometimes she is too calm.

    • Thanks 🙂 That’s Windows Live Movie Maker. It’s prone to “forgetting” where my files are though, so I had to switch to PowerDirector.
      Java came very food driven (well, except for the first week when she said that kibble isn’t her type of food). I actually worked on creating toy drive a lot more. I always try to play right before training with food to make Java more animated.

  3. Rachel

    Thanks for posting this! I’m trying to teach this trick to my arthritic 11 year old malinois to help with her hip flexibility, and unfortunately she NEVER lies like this naturally so it’s been impossible to capture. Your video has really helped me visualise the steps to click on the way to shaping it, so thank you. 🙂

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