Seamus will be 11 years old in November. He STILL loves learning new things and I'm always thrilled when I find something new to teach him.
His latest new thing is the phrase "go back a little bit". Well, it started that way but now we've shortened that to "little bit".
When we do t/b retrieves in the evening he likes to start out with 10 or so "go all the way back" runs. Ball gets hurled to the far end of the RHG; he can opt to catch it on the fly or run after it when it hits the ground. He mixes it up and likes to do a little of both.
But at his age and with his mild arthritis I wanted to adjust that with shorter runs for him. I coached him to only go as far as the paving stones that line one edge of the patio. That is "go back a little bit". Those ball throws are one bounce and he catches it in the air.
So now we begin with some "all the way backs" and then "little bits". He goes straight to the paving stones on "little bit" and he looks so proud of himself for performing to this new command.
I love dog life.
Seamus and Flynn
Isn't it great when you can teach them something that makes them proud of themselves? Shadow would back up when I said "back," just a little scootch at a time. Then she would look at me like "Enough, Mom?" If I said "back" again, another little scootch, and so on. I could actually back her all the way down the hall and into another room!
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Great how you and Seamus are able to communicate Nance.
It is great to watch the light bulb come on when they catch on to something new! In the last few weeks, I've introduced Diesel to the "place" command, thinking this would be real handy when dove or goose hunting. It took him about 2 days to have it down. Now I just point, and tell him "place", and he goes there and lays down and stays until I release him.
My Lab is smarter than your honor student.
Deacon 12/1/1999-4/2/2012 RIP, bestest boy.
Diesel 3/29/2010 My little hard charger.
That's so sweet!
We recently taught Ivy how to play hide and go seek. I tell her wait, the kids hide and say "okay" and she runs to find them.