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Category: Shayna’s Tricks

Shayna shows off her new toys from Santa

Shayna shows off her new toys from Santa

January 2, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

2011: As always, Shayna has been a very, very good girl all year long – and as always, Santa brought her lots of nice things.

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Shayna retreiving <em>“One ball, two balls”</em>

Shayna retreiving “One ball, two balls”

November 3, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

2011: A video showing how well Shayna has learned to retrieve one tennis ball or two, depending on the command.

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Pics: Shayna doing her “frisbee skiing”

Pics: Shayna doing her “frisbee skiing”

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  This was one of the first indications I had of how inventive Shayna really is. She’d never been particularly interested in catching a frisbee. but was fascinated by its shape. Then one day when she was about six months old, she decided a frisbee could be used as a “skiing” device: she turned it […]

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January 7, 2008: Shayna gets a new toy for her birthday

January 7, 2008: Shayna gets a new toy for her birthday

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

(This is the second video we shot today; see the first one here) It is hard to believe that it’ was six years ago today that Shayna was brought into this world.  I thank my lucky stars for her, every single day. So today, we spent the afternoon in a park… in the middle of […]

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July 15, 2008: Shayna learning to ‘count’: <i>“One ball, two balls…”</i>

July 15, 2008: Shayna learning to ‘count’: “One ball, two balls…”

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

This is a skill we’ve been working on for some time – learning to essentially “count.” Shayna loves to go retrieve two tennis balls in her mouth at the same time. But from what I’ve read, teaching a dog the concept of “one” and “two” is a fairly big deal – as I found out, […]

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March 18, 2007: Shayna retrieving two tennis balls at the same time

March 18, 2007: Shayna retrieving two tennis balls at the same time

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Practically since I adopted her, Shayna has been tennis-ball obsessed.  That’s not particularly uncommon among dogs. But one day, when she was about six months old and we were at the off-leash dog park (when she could still go there), she apparently decided that retrieving one ball was terribly inefficient, crammed two into her mouth […]

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Shayna retrieving toys with flash cards

Shayna retrieving toys with flash cards

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Oct. 2009: Shayna’s memorized the names of dozens of her toys, and can retrieve and put them away by name. Now, she’s learning to identify their pictures on flash cards.

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Getting toys by name for Aunt Gloria

Getting toys by name for Aunt Gloria

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Shayna shows off her toy-retrieval-by-name abilities for one of our long-distance guardian angels – and I sing one of my “Shayna songs” for her, too.

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August 11, 2010: Getting toys by name – from behind sofa!!

August 11, 2010: Getting toys by name – from behind sofa!!

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

The first thing to notice about this video is how well-lit Shayna is this time.  (I’ve learned it’s not easy to photograph or videotape a jet-black dog!).  She had a bath the day before, and as it was a sunny day today, I opened the door behind us, and used the big (good) camera, so […]

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May 1, 2010: Getting toys by name – in a wind storm!!!

May 1, 2010: Getting toys by name – in a wind storm!!!

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

It’s been about a year and a half since our last video (here).  But as you’ll see, we’ve been busy! I think this video is interesting for several reasons: (1) Shayna has lots of new toys. (2) A gust of wind knocked her entire box of toys into the grass!! (It also really messed up […]

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