November 9, 2014

The Dogkey

When I do spend time with Jethro, we usually have quite an adventure.  In fact, recently we got lost in the woods during a rainstorm on one of our walks.  However, that isn't the most exciting news of these past few weeks.  Get this: Jethro is actually a dog x donkey hybrid, aka a dogkey.  Dogkeys enjoy long walks, cuddling, and most of all: Frisbee.

Tricks to teach a donkey

Yup, I taught Jethro how to play Frisbee.

With clicker training.

In all of 10 minutes.

What a smart ass!

Being the easily amused person I am, I got to thinking about what tricks I could teach Jethro.  Bowing, sitting, and all those shenanigans are too mainstream.  Jethro is no mainstream mini.  Jethro is a sassmaster who needs to channel his sass by doing something outside of the box.  Jethro needs to play Frisbee.

I started out by just having him touch the Frisbee with his nose, just like targeting.  After he got that down, I threw the Frisbee and had him run over and touch it with his nose.  Cue a lot of treats, clicks, and praise.  Once he got this down, I had him hold the Frisbee in his mouth.  Furthermore, I threw the Frisbee and had him pick it up and bring it back. 


Donkey playing Frisbee. Not something you see everyday, huh?


  1. Wow! That's pretty cool. Nice job Jethro :)

  2. OMG that is adorable!!!! How did I never think of frisbee? I have to get back to clicker training. :D

    P.S. I have no idea why your blog wasn't in my reader... grr... I fixed it now so I can stay caught up.

  3. Very cool! I bought a clicker a while back but never got started doing anything. Feeling inspired now!

  4. That is way too cute!!! Clicker training is great - I've taught my mini a bunch of tricks with it

    1. Thanks! It is definitely a useful method for trick training!

  5. This is awesome! I use my dog's frisbee as Murray's target during clicker training, and I'm hoping to be able to get them to both target on it at the same time, remove it, and VOILA A PONY DOG KISS. Not sure it will work but... I'm hopeful. ;)

    1. That would be cute! Hahaha, keep me posted on how it goes!


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