We had a really adorable session today. I need to get on with it with teaching Bally the sit whistle so we did a little bit of heeling and stopping on the whistle but for the first time used the heeling stick. Well previous when I have used the stick for stick fetch Bally hasn't noticed it one iota but at the end of the session I would let him play with the stick, I'd whack it on the ground and he'd chase it and get to carry it back to the car. Holy guacamole he thought me bringing out the stick today was playtime! It was quite comical. I just sorta ignored him jumping to grab the stick
and carried on, and swatted his booty every other sit or so. Even though he was goofing a little, he still responded AMAZING to the stick pressure and was sitting lightening fast with a GREAT attitude. I found I had to swat him on his outside (left) hip otherwise he would swing out. We did sits at my side and in front. I was really pleased with the session (and yes he got to carry the stick back to the car!).
We also practiced casting again today, just a quick session with two bumpers for a back and over. It was starting to sprinkle and I still had to go to the grocery store so I didn't want to mess with all the bumpers and whatnot.
I will say one thing he's caught onto really quick is looking straight ahead at the bumper/pile when I say "SIT." I will not use the term "dead bird" until we get close to doing blind drills, which are still months away, but he now knows that "SIT" in heel position means look forward. We do this on marks and pile stuff.
Of course I went home later on and had a nearly disastrous obedience training session, working Bally for his dinner, that wasn't any fun for either of us. I can remember having the occasional session like this with Slater. I think it's my fault and not theirs. I expect them to know how to do something perfectly and to go with 1000% gusto all the time and that just isn't always realistic. It may be in the future but not at every point in their life. I have to remember how far I've come with Slater and that it will happen with Bally too. Well we've hugged and made up and we're all better now
Hopefully my dog's dumb trainer will figure out how to train dogs one day.