The first time I ever tried to do any shaping with Ike he sat and stared at me – totally stressed. The only thing he would offer was a sit. And he wasn’t really offering it – it was a default behavior. Now he thinks that offering behaviors is the BEST-EST fun ever. Hooray!! It makes me so happy to see his eyes shining, his brain whirling, and no worry at all about possibly being “wrong.”
This morning on our walk he was very interested in a half-barrel planter. The planter was full of dirt, but no flowers.
Ike was walking around it sniffing the dirt in it.
Twice he put his paws up on the rim and before I knew it he had hopped up and was standing on top of the barrel sniffing. It was very funny.
It would have been even funnier if he opted to go the bathroom there!