Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Thimblerigging Scooter

Mum read somewhere that in order to keep polar bears from getting too bored, zookeepers will hide their food or make them work for it in some way. Scooter is an inquisitive dog. We've had to develop ways to direct his curious energy.  The newest Scooter game is Thimblerig! Also known as the shell game. First we set up the cups.

He gets to see where the treat is hidden. At this point he gets pretty excited. Because he's charged the cups one too many times, he is now required to lay down in order to play.

I make a few quick cup movements.

Then the best part. Choose your cup Scooter!

Treats!

Scooter's been doing pretty good at choosing a cup with his paw. But sometimes he cheats and sniffs each cup before selecting one. Smart dog.

11 comments :

kiwiyarns said...

So cute! Such a well-trained doggie too!

José said...

Scooter rocks !
Maybe I should try this game with my cats, too :)
( though I doubt whether their concentration span is long enough... )

Jenn said...

This is adorable!

fern1knits said...

Too fun! Scooter is such an adorable pooch!

Pumpkin said...

He is obviously a really smart dog! How fun!

WildflowerWool said...

What a fun game for you both!

AC said...

Awww that is too cute. He's a smart one!

Deborah said...

That is so cuuuute! Dogs are great. Give that dear pup a hug from me.

Andi G said...

There can never be enough Scooter features for my liking!

Dona said...

Love this post! You have a very smart dog :)

Natalie said...

What a great idea! I've tried putting treats in a tennis ball with a hole, to make the cats work for it...but this one is next =)

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