Tricky T-Day: Peekaboo.
(Ignore my even-more-lazy-than-usual clothes; I'd been slouching around all day. This was recorded on the 25th too, and Lola no longer needs the hand signal to keep on 'peekabooing'.)
This was originally an exercise to get Lola more comfortable around my feet (she naturally tends to avoid them because of the amount of times I have stood on her), but the combination of no work to do really and being fed in position so much meant that it quickly became her go-to behaviour. She learned it on nearly-perfect verbal command within two sessions, and immediately generalised that to outdoors.
It's a silly little trick, but it's helpful and infuriating. I've rewarded her for spontaneously jumping into it, and now I often feel a nose poking against the back of my calves if I'm stood up and eating (hello! I'm here! I'm adorable! feed me!) and I'm ashamed to say I've given in and dropped food to her. Oops. But I'm also hugely rewarding her for 'peekabooing' around stressful things; when dogs bark, when there are kids nearby, etc. If she ever gets more reactive, I'll hopefully have the option of a conditioned high-value behaviour that will keep everyone safe.