The SHAKE trick!
A simple trick, but very cute nonetheless! At your command, Rover shakes his
head, as if in disagreement! Combine with an almost unobservable hand signal
and turn this into a cute party surprise. Rover answers your question with
a definite no.
Directions: SHAKE can be taught using two methods. One being with water
and the other with air. Take your pick. It is recommended not to use the water
a water-shy Rover, for all Rover will do is run and hide from you!
Directions: Simply acquire a spray bottle with water in it. Call Rover
over to you and have Rover sit. Say "Rover, SHAKE!" and give a gentle
mist in the direction of Rovers face. Aim for the general face area.
can have multiple reactions to this. At points some of my Rovers have tried
to 'drink' the water, run away, hidden their eyes behind their paws (another
trick possibility here!), and also actually shaken their heads. Adjust where
you spray, aiming for the ears for the shaking of the head, and eyes for HIDE
starts to shake on spray, simply repeat, saying SHAKE before you spray, giving
Rover a chance to do it. Reward him every time he shakes his head and stop
after a couple shake and sprays! After a while, you will not have to spray
anymore, just have the bottle in your hand and say SHAKE. This will then progress
to you only making a spraying motion with you hand and saying SHAKE.
I prefer using this method. Not only is it more convenient, it also prevents
water from entering Rovers ears. Follow the water directions, but instead
of using a spray bottle, just gently blow in the directions of Rover ear.