Take for example the simple behavior of a recall. Olives recall is "Ro, touch". This generally brings her running whether she has a toy or not. Runs to my hand and touches it. More often then not leaving the toy in my hand (Yeah!). Yes, I often feel like a pitching machine, but wow, such a cool feeling...sorta like I have some control (or maybe not).
Just before this photo was taken, I had called. She just looked at me, bit her toy, looked at me again, and lay there. The ignoring behavior resulted in me catching her and putting her in her crate. Hopefully she'll figure out that when she doesn't come "she goes in the crate" rather than, if she doesn't come, "run for the hills cause food mama is coming for ya!"
A good recall about 20 minutes later.
Hmm. We are back in the same position. She must like this spot. The sun is warm. I'm not going to recall now, didn't work last time. Instead I decide to get the toy to interact with her.
I did get some tugging with the toy. Always a winner for me.
She will also recall without a toy. Except of course if you really need her to recall, or a butterfly flies across her path, or the growing grass distracts her, or ..... But often she does come back.
But ALWAYS, she is most happy. Happy to do anything with ya. Happy Happy Happy.
Yesterday she received a package in the mail. Her own purple hiking harness. Well of course we had to try it out. Off to coyote creek trail with Fin and Olive. She was a good girl. I wouldn't say that she listened to me, more likely just walked nicely on the leash in a non reactive way. Fin was on a head halter for the parts where we see people (so she was good) and both just walked in front of me for the 2.5 mile loop. Totally a fun walk and a tired puppy was the result.
We do have to work on her drinking water while hiking behavior. She tried to swim in the water bowl. Poor Fin. Muddy water was the result.