20 Oct Object Identification
As the colder weather approaches I’m starting to feel creative about training indoors. So today I decided to work on object identification. I foresee hours of entertainment figuring out how many words they can learn and if they can discriminate. I started first by working with their kong. I fill up their kongs everyday with delicious stuff and so they are happy to bring them to me. With a kong on the floor I asked Tyson to get his kong. He picked it up and brought it to me. Then I put both a ball down and a kong and asked him to bring me his ball. If he brought me the ball, I clicked and treated. If he brought me the kong, I took it away and then asked him to get me the ball. He caught on quick. Then I put down a rawhide chewy (they are made by purina and called alpos) and so the dog’s know them as ALPOS. So when I asked Tyson to get me an Alpo he got very confused. Typically when I put down one of these bones for Tys he either goes to chew it on his bed or decides that it’s not really that interesting and leaves it there. So in this case, the Alpo wasn’t that interesting so Tyson couldn’t understand why he should pick it up or bring it to me. Finally Delilah just went over there and picked it up. I clicked and treated her and we finished the session. So I realized I needed to step back and work on retrieving with some atypical objects. Anyway, it proved to be a fun exercise with much potential to keep up busy especially on the colder days ahead.