Jay -- too funny that Guybrush and Maisie are both learning to crawl on command!
I plan to teach her to circle and reverse, too, but felt they were too hard to accomplish in the week I had before DD arrives home.
Kathleen -- so far, teaching crawl has been easy. You put your dog in a down and get on the floor in front of her/him (a carpeted surface or grass is best). Put a yummy treat in your hand and pull it in front of the dog's nose while saying, "C-r-a-w-l," in a calm, long, drawn out way. Give the treat if the dog stays down and moves along on her/his belly. If s/he pops out of down, re-position. After the dog does this reliably, you stand up and move about 3 or 4 feet in front of the dog, placing a treat under your foot. Lift your foot and give the crawl command. Allow your dog to retrieve the treat by crawling up to your foot. If you're big on signal-only commands, you can move on to only the foot signal, eliminating the voice command. How are you teaching it, Jay?
I've been using Kyra Sundance's "101 Dog Tricks" book and finding it really good. It has photos for all the tricks -- she has a Weimaraner named Chalcy -- and does all the tricks in a step-wise approach. And, the tricks are rated easy, medium, advanced so you know what you're getting into. It's in paperback, about $15 or so on Amazon.
How's everyone doing with Christmas trees this year? Maisie did well last year at 6 months. We took her along to pick out the tree this year -- boy, was that an adventure! So many smells!! She picked a beautiful Douglas Fir.
It's up, but not decorated. We'll put all the wooden and other unbreakable ornaments at the bottom again.