We did some Breakfast School training but she was a bit half hearted - and since we have been training for 10 days straight, I thought she might need a little break. She was happy with that, and anyway, we had bigger plans for later in the morning.
At 11am people and dogs arrived for Puppy Social - this time it was a small group, with just two of her friends from the last social, Kate and Tresi. The three dogs were evenly matched play partners and they played and played -- all over the side yard, meadow and along the trails.
We took them up into old growth forest on the ridge and they played on fallen logs, chasing each other and clambering over stumps, and eventually heading down a steep slope to the river. It was a marvelous hike, with lots of opportunities for off leash recall as well as socialization. The only problem was that the weather was turning rainy, so no photos for this one.
When we got back to the house, Margaret was throughly ready for a nap - and even took herself to her crate for a good long snooze.
She slept most of the afternoon, but eventually woke up ready to rock n' roll again.
We used her new found energy for some more training - brushing up on all the basics but paying particular attention to Bed, Stay and Leave It, since they are more sedentary types of activity.
With chicken as her reward, Margaret was very happy to practice - and progressed so well with her Stay exercises that I could even make it half way down stairs without her getting up at all (very hard because the stairs lead to the front door and Margaret does not want to be left out of any outdoor fun).
Margaret really loves to work -- using her brain to solve training challenges makes her happy.
She loved playing with the Brick - a puzzle that involves pushing little covers back with her nose or paws, to reveal the treats hidden beneath them.