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Trick Training for cats (with Pictures)


1- Jumping over the trainer’s legs can be set up in the same manner as jumping over obstacles.

To begin with, Eazy hesitates and receives a click and a reward for showing a first approach by placing his paws on the trainer’s leg. Then he overcomes his doubts and eventually even accomplishes the jump over the leg through the hoop.

2- Plato rolls on his back from the left side to the right to get the click and reward. In his mind, rolling from the right side to the left is a different trick.

If you are sure that your cat already offers the rolling movement on purpose, you can start introducing a signal. You will need a good talent for observation in order to recognise the sign just before your cat is about to roll on her back from side to side (lifting of the upper front leg, a slight turn of the head, but also a ‘crazy’ look while she asks you to play with her). Immediately before she rolls, perform the signal. Use the clicker for the rolling motion and then reward your cat immediatel…

 3- A cat jumps over another cat. During this trick the cat who plays the role of the obstacle is contained in a secure container, for example in a tunnel, a little cardboard house, or a pet carrier.

The cat that does the jumping should not jump onto the container, if possible. If she does so anyway, the container needs to be strong enough to ensure the safety of the cat within! Using a hoop held above the container may encourage the cat to actually jump clear over the container.

4- things to do with a bag: left paw on the bag; right paw on the bag; both front paws on the bag; one paw on the bag; the other reaching further. n the event that your cat doesn’t find a lot to do with an object, or if this exercise is new for both of you, please use the clicker again for a kind of behaviour she has already shown you before. It ensures that the time lapse between two clicks doesn’t become too long and prevents any possible frustration. Give your cat time to understand this new principle. Some cats understand it immediately; others only literally.

Always end your training session while your cat is still alert and willing to learn. Do not ask for too much creativity in one go – that is a lot of fun, but it can be very exhausting, especia…

5- Cat finds the balance exercise on the ball very exhausting. Make sure that your cat cannot injure herself performing this trick, by placing a cake tin underneath the ball to give it extra stability. , follow with a very easy and relaxing exercise.

6- For a high five: the cat places her paw in the centre of the upright palm of your hand. Paw target means: the cat touches a specific area of an object with her paw.

For high five hold up the palm of your hand towards your cat, at her approximate head height and at a length of more or less her front leg away. To begin with, click every approach towards your hand and shape every offer your cat gives you until she touches your hand with her paw. From now on your cat will only receive C & R for any physical contact with the paw. You can now shape the exercise, teaching your cat to touch the centre of the outstretched.

7- Weaving through your legs during training: cat weaves her way through the legs rubbing and smooching them. After the third step of the trainer she gets her well-earned click and reward.

Once stage 2 is working reliably, increase the requirements/demands: now your cat needs to weave in and out of the legs twice to earn her C & R. Then increase to three steps, four steps, and so on. Don’t forget to make things easier for your cat every now and then.

Increase the walking speed until you can walk at your normal speed with the cat weaving in and out of your legs.

8- Your cat jumps through a hoop held in position. The training technique for this exercise is shaping. Initially, the diameter of the hoop should measure at least 25 to 40 centimetres. At a later stage, you can decrease the size as a variation of the exercise. The smaller the hoop, the better you need to assess the natural jump curve of the cat and place the hoop in the correct position.

The index finger of the hand holding the clicker shows the signal to jump through the hoop. e natural jump curve of the cat and place the hoop in the correct position.

9- The cat walks along a narrow plank over an ‘abyss’ between two chairs. She learns this exercise through shaping. In this manner, let your cat move repeatedly from one chair to the other.

Increase the distance between the chairs, centimetre by centimetre. To begin with, the cat only needs to take longer strides to get onto the other chair – at some stage the cat needs to take her first small jump. Make sure that both chairs are positioned firmly during jump-off and landing.

10- Keep your eyes open and the clicker in your hand at all times and give your cats C & R if they greet each other nose-to-nose during the day. You need to make absolutely sure that you really use the clicker at the precise moment when their noses are almost touching each other – and not when they are already moving away from each other. If your cats now begin to show nose-to-nose in all kinds of situations where they are not actually greeting each other, it is time to introduce a signal, for example a verbal ‘Kitty-Kiss!’

This exercise can support the friendly contact between your cats. However, if your cats never greet each other in this manner, you need to be extra careful if you want to reach this extremely close contact through shaping, for example. There is a high risk that you will intrude upon the private space of one of your cats during this exercise. In that case, think of a different exercise which respects the requirements of your cats. Maybe they can each sit on either armrest of a sofa at the same time? Or they could balance across parallel wooden planks? Or sit in two pet carriers next to each other?

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