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Counting amazes the masses.
Tell that to the judges of the pet show I go to every year... My dog is "ugly" so I worked HARD to impress the judges and she still didn't win! Some cute puppy in a tutu who didn't know any tricks got first... As usual. :doh: But my family was super impressed by it! It's really easy too--my dog already knew high five, so I would hold my hand up and have her paw it the number of times I said, or say "What's two plus two?" and reward when she pawed my hand five times.

Also shaping is wonderful! I learned about it in my psychology class this semester. You can break it down into as many baby steps as you need--for some dogs just going near the object first is rewarded, and then working up to performing the actual behavior.

Classes are a good recommendation but I have trained my dog by myself without much outside advice, so it isn't necessary if you are seeing results at home--but then again I have been practicing on family dogs since I was a kid!
 
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