Tintin is doing great with house training- no accidents at all. He is also beginning to shine at recall -- the main difference being the speed and enthusiasm with which he comes when he is called, even from out of sight up a trail or across the meadow. We play a lot of games as rewards for coming -- especially games that mimic terrier-style predation. Kibble Frog Flick is his favorite -- he comes running and I flick a piece of kibble off my thumb nail into the grass, imitating the action of a frog or mouse. He loves to sniff and pounce! Today Tintin even made up his own recall game -- dashing madly across the meadow to bug Ranger by jumping at his head, then zooming back to me when I called, for more games and treats. He did this about 10 times before he got tired of it and we moved on to something else.
Tintin's big prize for a day's hard work was self-initiated- a yoghurt container left by the bear when it dragged a bag of garbage into the bushes. It was ripped and had claw holes in it. No point going head to head on that one -- Tintin wasn't giving it up for anything at first. Eventually he traded for cheese, but in the meanwhile, it was the object of some serious experimentation.
|Look what I found!|
|What else can I do with this thing?|
|Or maybe wear it, Elizabethan style|