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Please resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays. Most pets do not like fireworks, nor the noisy crowd. It could be very stressful. Stay at home and share some quality time with your family. :-)
Harry and Stella wish you a very happy 2010! We’d like to give you a Christmas present by explaining how we got them to pose with the piano.
When you first bring out a prop, it can make your dogs a little nervous. You want to encourage them to be curious and get comfortable with this new object. Clicker training is marvelous for this!
We put the toy piano on the floor in the middle of the living room so they’d have to learn to live with it. At first, we clicked and treated every time they even so much as looked at it. Gradually they were approaching and sniffing it. Again we clicked and treated for this. Eventually the piano was no big deal.
We left the piano there for a week. Every so often, we’d play a game with Harry and Stella. We’d call them over and put a treat on top of it. When they bravely approached and took it, we clicked. We gradually increased the complexity of this game until they were putting their paws on it. This was harder than you might think because it is very slippery plastic and they were nervous about sliding off. (BTW, it’s battery operated, so without the batteries we didn’t have to worry about getting them used to the sound it made when they pressed the keys!)
After a week of clicker training, the piano had become a fun exercise. Time for the photo shoot! Harry and Stella were given treats and praise for posing and the picture turned out beautifully!
Harry & Stella are this month's cover models for go.fetch!
They look like Hansel and Gretel, but don't worry, there's no wicked witch, only visions of liver treats dancing in their heads. Stella is modelling a My Little Gingerbread Girl embroidered Christmas dress and Harry is wearing a My Little Gingerbread Boy embroidered Christmas vest! You can see these styles and more at the go.fetch online store. They are very happy to have such high quality canine couture to wear for Christmas and go.fetch has fantastically friendly customer service!