I'll train articles in a couple minutes here, but I had to share a laugh here....
I set up the gate to train go-outs (just the go touch part) with both guys. Now that Bertie KNOWS the game, he will need a collar. I wanted to alternate sending them to touch so again they'd get to see what the other was doing. Bertie was just RUNNING like a house on fire up the hall way to slam into the gate and turning around and RUNNING like a house on fire to slam into me for his TREAT (piece of bread). The one time he missed (I stepped to the left when I saw him coming) he slammed into the wall instead.
I would reach down to hold onto him so I could send Jacks, but Bertie would immediately turn around and repeat the gate slam and frantic run back.
And then going up closer to just practice touches - Jacks couldn't even get to the gate because Bertie was repeatedly smacking the gate with his nose.
Next time I practice go-outs with Jacks - Bertie will be in his crate I think. Or I'll be standing on his leash.
I realized now that Bertie knows the S-T-A-Y word, I need to be careful about putting Jacks in stays while Bertie is in the vicinity. I told Jacks to "STAY" while I planned to work on heeling with Berts... And started walking off assuming Bertie would be following me. Looked back and his butt was stuck to the floor. Now he is still learning 10 second stays pretty much at this point, but after everything with Jacks it was gratifying to see that he's sort of grasping what "stay" means.
Articles - I did without the mat for the first time. This worked out better than I thought. Jacks did these fine. I'm struggling with a little impatience here because I want hurry up and skip ahead a couple weeks or so forth, but my instructor is right about not skipping any steps.
After articles I worked on holds and retrieves with both dogs.
A random trick I learned with Bertie is he will do a ABSOLUTELY DROP GORGEOUS hold if I rub his ears while telling him "hold". At some point that might not work so well, but right now I'm taking advantage.
Bertie is suddenly taking a major interest in retrieving. I just did 3 retrieves (2 with the leather scented article and then there was one metal that actually was intended for Jacks but Bertie went charging in to get it). The first retrieve he brought it back by the very corner of the bell, but the others were pretty good. With him he's not entirely like Jacks in that you can throw ANYTHING anytime and he will retrieve it happily. Bertie is a bit more "if I feel like it" about retrieving - though he has been getting more enthusiastic.
I alternated between tossing the leather article and the metal article for Jacks. He was glowing.