When I walked into class on monday and saw that our tasks this week were a bunch of shaping challenges it was interesting that I had already been inspired by some recent webinars and had started this week to shape a "bring me" with Stella. I guess sometimes all the stars align to bring a point home to us :o). Stella's favourite game is playing keep away with Riley and I want to make sure that game doesn't carry over to playing keep away from me. It is actually going quite well once we had gotten past a useless first session and I rethought things and broke it down into much easier steps and a less distracting environment. That tends to be my problem as I struggle with how to start something without luring.
Anyway it was a good session for us monday night as we worked on shaping three different things and did two of them quite well. I think things became a lot more clearer for both of us and I plan to work on this quite a bit over the coming weeks.
This is a little video of her retrieving. I am using a regular toy and a metal canning jar lid and we are gradually upping some distractions. We started out in a tiny closed room and have now moved to the hallway and we even have a visiting Sam barking in the background. I need to start videoing more training footage so I can see myself make some of those silly gestures and stop doing them!