This morning we tried some nosework. He was thrilled to smell the tea and started bopping the container (yes, I used a container) immediately. Got a couple of treats for that, then I shut him in the bathroom and started hiding it. He got the easy ones immediately so I started asking for a down as an indicator when he found it. That confused the very heck out of him. Finally he lost his brain completely looking for an easy hide. When he couldn’t find it, he offered me a down! Down, right! I got him up and showed him the hide and then quit.
Did a some retrieving – excellent. Last time we worked he couldn’t get it unless it was in the middle of the room, but today my first toss went under the coffee table and he went right under after it with no trouble. I did some holdbacks that really got his adrenalin up (that’s good to know), yet he remembered to hold the thing with me when he brought it back. Good boy!
Then, while he was feeling spunky and I had salmon treats, we did some food follows in heel position. I tried them yesterday with kibble and got zip, but this worked great. I got some strut step in the tiny length of my parlour. That adds a little enthusiasm to MY thoughts on the subject as well!