I love surprising my clients by teaching their animals a few basic tricks and commands.
Neela is a new addition to her family and was rescued from a hoarding situation in New Hampshire. She came home and acclimated very quickly. Neela's personality is goofy, fun, sweet and smart but she was never taught the basic principles of manners in a home. So, that's what we worked on. Everyday I would take two minutes out of our regular visits to teach her - with treats and positive reinforcement. First sit and down then giving both paws. Recently, I taught her "bang." I say the word and she rolls on her back in a stay position. This was just a fun trick and she has fun doing it! We're still working on not jumping when excited but at least I know she is happy when I'm around. :)
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks??