Originally Posted by SaucySailoress
Really sorry about that
But, how did you train him to do the painter thing? I'd like to give that a go...
The first time it was an accidental event, but I was able to turn it into a trick. Zorro only knew and obeyed two regular command words. "Stay" would cause him to sit and wait and "OK" meant that he could do as he pleased.
"trick" began one afternoon when I had tied his harness to the dinghy
painter and headed for the Fort Myers
at Salty Sams where tourists waiting for their gambling ship cruise
were gathered at the dockside bar. When we were approaching Zorro gained some attention by barking at the pelicans on the pilings. As we neared the dock
Zorro's only intent was to run for the bushes. When he jumped from the dinghy
to shore I saw the painter fall under the horn of a cleat. I called out "Stay... hold me right there!" Of course, Zorro sat. Now, someone called out from under the Cinzano umbrellas, "look at that dog tie up that boat!" ...people stood with their cameras. I then called out, "OK.... pull me in a little closer"... and Zorro ran for the bushes until the painter through the cleat pulled the dinghy close. Then I called out, "Stay... that's close enough" and Zorro sat again. Of course Zorro never really belayed the line on the cleat, but the bend of the painter on the cleat and Zorro's apparent behavior sold the "trick". I easily secured the dinghy when I bent to transfer Zorro to his leash; thank him for the good job and say "OK"... check out the bushes!
I learned that I could repeat this "trick" by approaching any dinghy dock with a cleat as long as I could proprly line up Zorro's pee destination
with the cleat.