Today I did some work with Ike to build his rear end back up. We started with some easy channel work per Katrin's recommendation. I played the space game with him between my bed and the wall. Then we moved on to shaping the step-stool.
ManyMuddyPaws recommended the step-stool as a good way to work his rear and I thought it would be fun to shape it. Ike is very foot target oriented, so initially he was spinning around batting the base of the step-stool trying to figure out what the heck I could possibly want. Within 5 minutes he had his feet up on top of it but in terms of getting him to walk around the step stool (with his front feet still on the stool) I was only able to get him to take one step at a time with his rear legs. For a 15 minute training session it went really well. He hasn't quite figured out the point of the game yet, but he is having fun trying to figure it out. His little brain was working just as hard as his rear end. I will definitely continue this game.
I take great joy in watching him try different things, trying to figure out what I want. Remember, this is a dog that was not very operant; he used to sit and stare at me waiting for me to help him!
I also painted and added sand to my table. I decided to paint it orange. Orange is what I consider Ike's color. I went to Home Depot and picked out a fun subdued orange called carotene. I should finish it up tomorrow (hopefully!).
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