Now that you’ve seen my Christmas special and are in complete awe, I’ll give you a little recap of my death-defying stunts. Then in the next 3 blogs I’ll actually show you step-by-step how I learned some of them.
     

     
First of all, remember how I was practicing my jumping skills? That’s because leaping was very important.

I had to leap on and off the bed.
     

     
Leap onto a cat tree (and then down in order to get off!)
       

       
And then leap onto and off of a present. Ok. Maybe it wasn’t THAT impressive in the video. They asked me to tone it down.
      

     
Sprinting and overall endurance was essential too. I had to race from room to room, and engage in carrot ripping drills. Phew. Eggplants are way easier prey.
      

   
Then I had to show my Chuck Norris karate skills. I give it a “10!”
    

     
Finesse and focus were also important. For instance, I had to delicately put tissue into a bag. Usually when I’m performing the clean-up game I just put toys in a box or papers in the garbage. Tissue paper requires special care and technique!
     

   
I’m sure you’re all dazzled by my death-defying stunts; however, even if you’re an action superstar, it’s important to have the actual acting skills too. For instance, it’s good to have a variety of facial expressions to draw your audience in. Here are some of my best “looks.”

Happy
    

   
Happier
      

     
Joyous
      

     
Elated!
     

     
Other types of facial expressions are important too.

Here’s my “I’m really interested in what you are saying” look.
     

   
Then there’s the:

“What? Me?”
      

     
And the:

“Aww. Someone ripped up your toys, Lucy? That makes me sad.”
     

   
Stay tuned for the next blogs where I show you how your humans can help you learn the tricks.

To see how Jonesy was trained to behave when he isn’t acting, buy both Skills for Handling Your Reactive or Hyperactive Dog Part One and Part Two.

    

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