It didn't take Bug half as long to warm up to the Vari-Kennel today and I got some solid repetitions of him turning in the crate bottom and sitting. Prior to that he was moving into the crate bottom much more quickly and confidently. All positives. I interspersed tugging to keep it light and happy.
Meanwhile Ike is having the best time. I attempted to tug with him to mix up his session too. He initially eagerly gave chase to the sheepskin tug, but then detoured back to the crate bottom to offer a sit. Goober. He finds the fleece/rabbit tug much more exciting. I will be sure to have that downstairs next time.
3 weeks ago