After that, it was time to put Stay into practice in real world situations. Here are three of the situations we tried today:
|Tintin waits patiently while I have breakfast. Look Mamas, no tether!|
The next Stay was especially challenging, in view of Tintin's exciting adventure with the wood rat yesterday.His task was to stay in place on a mat, while I fed my two pet rats, Rose and Ralph. Tintin had practiced this three times before (he likes to watch!), but he was always on a tether for everyone's safety. Rose is quite feisty and has been known to swipe at a too curious dog nose. Today, Tintin was untethered and free to move. But he didn't move an inch!
|Tintin and Rose|
|Tintin holds a Down/Stay while waiting for a turn at the Dog Casino|
|Jackpot! Tintin opens a drawer and gets some treats|
|Tintin uses his paws as well as his nose to solve the puzzle and get more treats|
Jazz is a 22 month old Australian Shepherd/husky mix. Her owner, Forrest, came to work on logging firewood. Jazzy likes to ride on the tractor.
|Jazz checking out her potential playmates|
|And they're off!|
|Balanced play involves taking breaks|
|Play bows signal that it's all in fun|
|Ranger looks on - happy to be out of the action for once|
|An hour later they were still going strong|
|One last chase|
But eventually it was time for Jazz to go home. After all that playing, Tintin was thirsty. Sometimes he likes to multi-task: bathing and drinking at the same time.
|Tintin often stands in this bowl when he drinks from it.|
After a big rest and some more skills practice, Tintin had one more hike - a mushroom hunt through the forest, with Sy and Ranger. He did some fantastic out of sight recalls. Awesome, fun dog!