Next, play time with the Moose and an opportunity to practice recall. I had noticed earlier in the morning that Margaret was a bit less responsive when I called her, so I made sure to brush up on that.
Young dogs always have days when they seem to slip back, or are testing boundaries to see what they can get away with. That's a time to do a little refresher training, as if they were still puppies, and soon they get back on track.
With Margaret's recall, it was a simple matter of loading up on extra tasty treats, and making sure we did some focused practice with marvelous rewards - both treats and playing games with her with ball tossing, stick fetching and whatever else she was enjoying in a given moment.
|Good girl (multiple treats, petting and praise as rewards)|
At the river Margaret was phenomenal. With over 4 inches of rain over night, the river was running faster and higher. The current was not too strong, but strong enough for the dogs to dive in after sticks and allow themselves to be carried downstream before swimming out. It was like river surfing- and they loved it!
Margaret swam her heart out, and then raced all the way back to the house, playing more recall games as we went.
By the end of the day she was coming perfectly when I called her - better than before!
Margaret was knocked out after all that exercise and happy to spend the next few hours in her crate while I worked on her blog and handover document so you have training resources to work from when she is back home with you.
When she woke up she fussed a bit so I waited till she stopped protesting before I let her out of her crate.
Then I remembered we had one last training challenge that we hadn't met yet - perfecting her RTV riding. Although she had been getting more comfortable on a our last ride, she had still been a little nervous. So I got out the RTV and we got down to business.
Margaret hopped in readily, but when I started the engine, the vibration made her nervous. I kept a tight hold on her collar so she couldn't leap out, encouraged her with my voice, and went very slowly at first. I made sure she wasn't too scared, just a little nervous, otherwise we would have scaled back.
The Moose is a pro at this and insisted on riding with us in the back.
|Ready for golfing!|
|A very good time was had by all!|