I arranged a special review session with an assistant, Karolin, in which she gave the cues Tintin has been learning and/or practicing. This is one aspect of generalizing new behavior - dogs learn in context, and the person giving the cues is part of that context. So in preparing Tintin to go back home, I find it useful to practice new skills in different locations, and have him run through everything with someone other than me giving the cues.
This is Karolin and her dog, Lilly, a mini Australian Shepherd. I forgot to take pictures of Karolin working with Tintin, I was too busy admiring him as he performed like a trooper!
|Karolin and her dog, Lilly|
|Yikes, Lilly, you're even faster than me!|
|Trash talking - so much fun|
|Taking a breather.|
The rest of the day consisted of more practice sessions, some crate time, and meeting a chubby Cairn Terrier that looked like a hedgehog. Tintin was very polite to him as he made it clear he wasn't going to be rushed. To top it off we took a fun walk to the river and Tintin and Ranger zoomed around, played with sticks in the river and generally had a roaring good time.