Recently I wrote about my observations of the role emotions play in dog training.
Yes, play bow is still Cookie's favorite trick!
Probably because it still makes me so happy.
I wanted to share something else that happened to us. This might not be true for every dog, but Cookie is a very sensitive girl.
Our place is quite small so instead of all kinds of equipment I use my body for some of the things we do. Weave between the legs, cavaletti over the legs, under under my legs ...
For over I lay down on the floor and have Cookie jump over my torso.
The other night she accidentally landed with her hind legs on my stomach. I wasn't upset but couldn't help grunt. She's small for a Rottie but if she stomps on you, you feel it.
The grunt was really a physiological response.
Even though I then laughed and made light of it, it had a significant impact on Cookie. She became quite hesitant to do the trick again. Poor girl.
I encourage her but don't make her. Can't wait to be living on the ranch where she will have real things to jump over.
Such a little thing as one grunt and such profound impact ...
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