Friday, 1 April 2011
Rounding up the Week.
Lola's learning a job right now. We've done about five sessions - she will now fetch my hairbrush to me, single command and mostly without dropping, if I put it somewhere in easy sight in another room when she's not watching, or will launch herself up the stairs (and into the bathtub!) to fetch it if I throw it.
The next step is to teach her to get the brush without me first moving it. When she finally "gets" it, it's going to be her morning job - a cold fetch, either in the room or from another.
It's been interesting to teach her this: she did not want to do more than lightly nibble it at first, and if we hadn't done quite a lot of shaping work before I don't think we'd have progressed so fast; by the end of the second session, she was haphazardly fetching it for me if I threw it a couple of metres away.
Even if this "job" falls flat, it'll do good for her to learn that, yes, she can pick things other than her toys, chews and beloved ball. Next up will be teaching her to fetch her collar/lead, which I bet she'll pick up pretty quickly if it means she can go out for walkies!
Oh, and Lola did a one-minute, cold sit-stay in the living room a few days ago. We had a fantastic puppy party, just for her!