From Shelter Pup to Amazing Trick Dog.
In just two years, this adorable little rescue puppy has gone from death row to love and local stardom.
Jess, Tilley’s manager and trainer, found Tilley on a website two years ago, at risk at a high kill shelter in California. She saw that sweet little face with those big brown eyes and hopped on a plane to save and adopt the six month old puppy.
Tilley loves to please and has always been very eager to learn. Jess started training Tilley immediately using positive reinforcement with a clicker or marker word and treats,. They like using the clicker as it is so quick and precise but sometimes you need both hands so saying “Yes” works too.
Tilley never gets punished for not getting a trick and Jess keeps training super fun. I was impressed with how gentle and calm she is when working with Tilley.
Tilley picks up things very quickly. Often, she only has to be shown or rewarded once. Here is an example of one of her training videos on her YouTube Channel.
Jess often uses “shaping” and encourages Tilley to offer new behaviours and rewards the ones she likes so Tilley learns to repeat them. Jess will place cups down, for example, and when Tilley paws them or picks them up, she is rewarded with a treat so she does it again when asked.
Jess uses very yummy treats as Kilo the Pug found out at Canadian Pet Expo. He was keen to do some tricks for her too and even gave Tilley a sniff which was quite a breakthrough for him. Eventually treats can be phased out, once Tilley understands a new behavior. She seems to really enjoy performing and posing for the camera with Jess.
Tilley does Tricks with The WoofJocks Team
Currently, Tilley performs with our talented pals the “WoofJocks Canine All Stars”.
Her specialties are tricks, freestyle, and weaving handstands. While other dogs do agility through the weave poles, she’ll actually do that in a handstand on her front paws.
Tilley’s is such an inspiring rescue story, and she is proof that #RescuesRock. They are not necessarily broken and can be trained with patience, hard work , love and treats.
You can find her on Instagram @TilleyDoesTricks. She’s also on Facebook.