Sunday, November 25, 2007

Shaping the Table ...

...is funny work!

Ike has come so far - while the gears in his mind turn - his little stub wags like mad. He thinks learning is so fun!

It took a while for Ike to do more than paw at the table and walk around it tonight! I haven't completely built my table yet - right now it is just a 2 x 2 piece of plywood. I brought the plywood upstairs and put it on the living room floor. I clicked and treated Ike for sniffing the table, pawing at it, and then we waited; then Ike put two paws on the table. Yay!!

I moved and he walked across the board. Yay! I clicked and treated when all four paws were on the board and "jackpot'd" him on the board. Pretty soon he figured out that this table business seemed to happen when all four feet are on the board. Three times he chose to lay down. Jackpots!! I ended on a high note. He wasn't consistently laying down and I figured if I didn't stop after the last time he laid down it might be pushing him too far for one night. We'll work on it again tomorrow night.

Great and exhausting fun for the boy - he has gone to bed!

2 comments:

ann & partner said...

How about some rest for you Julie. You worked hard today. Did a wonderful job too! Partner and I thank you.

JULES & IKE said...

Thanks, Ann!! It was a great class. And Ike's table work went really well last night!