Have you ever watched a movie with a dog in it that has injured its leg? You know how it tugs on your heart strings to watch the poor dog limp across the screen. Perhaps the dog in the movie is a hero and it was injured saving somebody's life.
Have you ever thought about the real dogs that act in those movies? The dogs that are able to draw such emotion from their viewers by performing their limping tricks. If your dog has decent balance, the chances are that your dog too can put on such a performance with this trick
Having a dog that can limp can be a lot of fun. It can be a great source of entertainment. It is useful if you aspire for your dog to be a movie start. It is a great way to build your dog's balance. It can even be helpful if you need for your dog to keep her weight off of an injured foot.
This command is mostly for puppies and younger dogs. Although an older dog can learn new tricks, this trick can be painful for a dog with arthritis or sore muscles. If you believe that this trick will cause your dog pain or be too difficult physically, it is best to choose another trick instead.
Expect this trick to take between three and six weeks to learn. Although most dogs can understand the command sooner, give your dog enough time to build the muscles needed for balancing and walking on three legs.
If your dog knows the 'stand' command it will make teaching this command easier.
To get started, you will need lots of small, soft, tasty treats. If you are having a hard time keeping your dog still while teaching her to lift her leg, you may also want a leash and an assistant.
If you are using the 'Sock Wearing' method, you will also need a sock that will fit tightly enough on your dog's leg for it to stay on while you are practicing. Depending on the size of your dog, you may need to use a child or baby's sock, or modify one of your own socks.
If you are using the 'Ice' method, you will need a cookie sheet at least four times the width of your dog's paw. You will also need enough ice cubes to fill your cookie sheet with one to two inches of ice, or you will need a water source and a freezer large enough to fit your cookie sheet inside, in order to create a sheet of ice.