Just a quick update on Miss Mia :-) The red dawg is doing GREAT!
I have been really focusing on toy drive with the little redhead...but along with toy drive she is doing great on her crate training, going into and staying in her crate. I was putting a lot of time into the toy drive however, just because once toy drive is coming along, there are TONS of options available.
So I am upping the ante on the toy....she has to bite the toy HARD...in addition to that...I have been making toys out of socks...
This used to be a sock :) I use old socks...put canned dog food in them and let the dogs tear them apart, tug on them and try to get the food out....GREAT for creating toy drive! :) Mia is on her 3rd sock---she kinda likes that game! I let the dogs destroy them....meanwhile trying to tug or get them to chase....she will now do both :) BIG SMILE!
I think with building toy drive you have to just mess around with stuff....doing clicker sessions, using made up toys...anything to get the dog to show interest :)
As a result of all of this work, and teaching Mia that using her mouth to grab things is REWARDING...Mia's curiosity about toys has really increased! TEN FOLD!!!!
Below is a video of her new skills :) I am downright proud of the girlie!!!!
When Mia picks up a toy I don't try to engage with her in play...I let her just play and develop those abilities...if I try to get involved that would probably put her off enough that she would stop playing. I don't force play, I don't shove toys in her face, I get her to come to the toys...SHE has to make the choice :) And it looks like she is for sure doing that! :)
Next up...restrained recalls...plan is to teach her a tunnel so I can do restrained recalls by myself....send to tunnel and run :) FUN FUN! I'll get video of this girlies speed! :) YAHOO!!!