Ander is so busy these days. He’s always looking for something to carry around – usually shoes. People who don’t put their shoes away have to go on a shoe hunt. But he will take other things also. And if I’m carrying something in my hand, he wants it in his mouth. He makes me laugh.
I have this training plan in my head. After making the video of Ander penning the ducks, I want to make a whole mini arena and have him take the ducks through panels before penning them. One of the behaviors he’ll need is to go to a “place” – that’s how I’ll get him through the gates. So tonight I started working on place. I pulled out a hula hoop and threw it on the ground. I was going to shape him to stand in it, but the first thing he did was go stand in it. So I rewarded, released, and waited to shape it. Again, he went right into it and stood. Smartie-pants! It didn’t even take any training!
While training he did get the toy away from me and tried to play keep-away. Ha! That doesn’t work! I just turn it right around and get him chasing me instead. We’ve been playing the “getcha'” game, so he understands what I’m doing and he’s ready to play.