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The Spass-Mit-Hunde Advent Calendar

A bit of holiday fun for you and your dogs...

Spass Mit Hunde (a website dedicated to brain-training games you can make with everyday items you likely have lying around the house) has put out their annual Advent Calendar:

http://www.spass-mit-hund.de (Click on 'Adventskalandar)

The theme this year is 'Wunderwelt der Pappkartons' - 24 games you can make out of the humble cardbord box.

In the run-up to Christmas, click on today's date on the calendar - each day brings up a new idea or game for you and your doglets.

Spass Mit Hunde is truly a great resource for dog owners. Cats (and their staff) might enjoy playing along as well.




Wishing our four-footed friends all the joys of the season!
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Old 01.12.2012, 08:30
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Never heard of this before but after checking out the web site I can say that this is superb !

Stimulating a dogs mind and giving the dog exercise can only be a good thing.

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Re: The Spass-Mit-Hunde Advent Calendar

Hooligan and the Belltie are lovin' today's 'Trickkiste' tip.

(The Belltie can't go very far in this snow, so an extra game session with me was needed while Hooligan went off trekking with OH. Proofing his repetoire in an 'unusal' setting is a fantastic idea. The Belltie only has two brain cells to rub together, but both were happily working overtime. )
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Thanks for the reminder! I love this site, they have great ideas. And I have lots of boxes!
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Forawrded the link to Ebby She thinks the idea is great.
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Re: The Spass-Mit-Hunde Advent Calendar

Hooligan is learning to read!

If you haven't yet done so, click on Day 15.


This is a classic exercise where you teach a dog an alternative signal for an action he already knows, in the same way you would teach hand signals... in this case 'reading' the command Sit! off a sign.

Combining the usual command with the flash card, soon the dog learns 'Oh, when she flashes this thing, it means 'bum-on-floor', just like my usual command.' Now stop giving the usual command, and just use the flash card - pretty soon you have a dog who can 'read' the sit command.

Take it a step further - teach a second command, one that looks very different when written on the sign, say Down! - and write it in another color, or make the cardboard a different shape.

Once Hooligan was consistently sitting when the 'Sit' card appeared and then consistently doing a down for the 'Down' card, I started to use both in the same session.

Obviously she is just pattern matching... the cards look very different, so it's easy to connect one with Sit! and the other with Down!.

Nonetheless, a dog who can 'read' makes for a pretty cool parlor trick.

I love the Spass-Mit-Hund folks.


(The Belltie, my bear of very little brain, is still trying to eat the cardboard sign. )
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Lol! I love it.
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