Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks or bounce ideas off the group.
Eddie and I had a setback of sorts at our therapy visit today to Providence Children's Hospital. Eddie's specialty is tricks, but these kids were pretty much bedridden. He can sit and lie down on their beds fine, but after a quick hello, his focus returns to me. I'd much rather have him be focused on the patients.
Well, things went from so-so to worse when the 10-year-old surprised me. Out pops a plush squeaky toy -- Eddie's favorite -- and he tossed it to Eddie.
Predictably, he pounced on it like the rat-hunter he was bred to be, so it was off the bed immediately for him. And what focus he'd had earlier was now all on the toy.
I used it as best I could. I had him do some tricks and rewarded him with the toy, but the nurturing side of the visit was over.
It's kind of a double-edged sword. On one hand, toy motivation has been a great tool for training him. But it can be problematic on a "quiet" visit.
I'm hoping my new therapy dog, Jillie, has better bedside manners.
What's up with your gang?