Training Confessions: Unedited Trick Video Footage (Canine Bowling)


After watching Mr. N “bowl” (knocking over pins with his paw/nose), a young relative asked if Mr. N knew how to use a bowling bowl. I said not yet. So after we acquired a child’s bowling set, I set about teaching him how to bowl for real. 
We were also inspired by Denise Fenzi’s blog post about posting positive unedited training videos so here’s one of our training sessions. Mr. N was super patient with my tinkering with technology and put up with several mini-training sessions. We’re still experimenting with our new GoPro so this is technically take four. 
I’ve been working on this trick with a clicker and shaping (breaking down a behavior into tiny steps and rewarding those small steps until the final behavior). He’s starting to get the idea. 

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30 Responses

  1. cupcakepetrillo

    February 1, 2016 11:11 am

    That's flat out BRILLIANT, Mr. N. I learned bowling with empty water bottles, but when Mom bought me a bowling set, she threw the ball away! Aaargh! I'm pretty sure I could've learned that.

    Love and licks,

  2. Janet Keefe

    February 1, 2016 8:13 pm

    Great job, Mr. N! That really looks like a fun trick, I'm going to have to keep that one in mind to try. I'll have to remember to do it on a rug like you did…much quieter that way! 🙂
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  3. Beth

    March 26, 2017 11:07 pm

    I really like seeing your training videos! It is really helpful to see the training in action, instead of just the trick. Also, your pajamas are awesome.


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