The other day I made a short video and posted it to YouTube, a silly minute and a half on how to train your dog to wash its face.
The trick is about as easy as it looks…. that is, very easy! I first learned it over ten years ago, when I read someplace how to do it and tried it with the little Basenji we had then. Sunbeam learned it in a few days and never forgot it for the rest of her life.
Here it is:
Our Rottweiler Lola learned it even faster, and so did our LarryDog. He didn’t actually like the honey on his nose much, to my surprise, so once he understood the idea, I used the clicker – which you hear once with Lola on the video – and his favorite treats, little tiny bits of hot dog.
A lot of dog training can be rather serious, at least to us humans. I love to use tricks to lighten things up a bit!