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I had been introducing the dumbbell for almost 2 weeks now and it was not going very well. Molly hated the dumbbell. She would retrieve it but drop it too early (understandable at that point) and she wouldn't take it from my hand without extreme hesitation. Treats finally got her to take it more readily but there was still a ton of "I don't want to do this" on her face.
Her scent articles arrived on Saturday. We are newbies so we won't be training with those for a long time but our trainer wanted me to get a set and introduce Molly to metal. She took to metal immediately and retrieved it happily from where I set them out to air out. Without me asking she would just pick it up (she chose metal among the leather ones also laid out) and come front and wait for me to take it. I DID NOT TEACH HER THIS. I had not even begun to teach her to come front with the dumbbell. So from that I knew she didn't like the weight of the dumbbell..
Yesterday she wouldn't stop bringing me articles so I covered them with a towel and put her dumbbell over it to encourage her to take the dumbbell instead. She wanted nothing to do with it and had even stopped retrieving it. But! Something amazing happened!! When I was in the shower last night my boyfriend yelled "honey, look!" The door was open so I looked out and Molly was holding the dumbbell! And she sat in front of my bf with it! I told him, "say 'give' and GIVE HER A DUCK STICK!" I was so amazed. This morning after she ate breakfast she brought it to me again. I was in my bedroom when I heard her running to me.. I was so surprised to see the dumbbell in her mouth. I stood up. She did a perfect front. Then I tossed it a couple times. Perfect every time! I stopped while we were still ahead. She will now even jump to take the dumbbell from my hands. Yesterday morning she wanted NOTHING to do with it.
This whole thing made me realize.. Isn't it funny what kind of thoughts go into their head? How did it suddenly click for her?
We also played a treat toss (times 10) + come front game to increase speed for her retrieves. Also worked on heeling and halts.. My footwork has been inconsistent on halts so I have to work on that on my own. I will have to work on moving drops. For some reason she drops immediately inside at home but when we work on it outside (on grass) she takes a few extra steps before dropping.
There was no class last week or this week. Even my bf who doesn't train but comes to every class said "I miss going to Linda's."
As a side note.. Molly's first birthday is in three days! Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App