Clancy is going to live up to his name (“Jack of All Trades”). Drowsily snuggling up one moment, ripping into his toys the next, dispensing therapeutical emotions, spreading joy and laughter, punctuated by the occasional sociopathic lapse in his personal ablutions. Usually on someone’s rug.
I thought that Treibball was going to be the first major project. However, almost by accident, just because it was there, I started to get Clancy to hop onto my dog training skateboard. I say “dog training skateboard” because of course most of my stuff, and much of what you can get from the $2 shop, can be pressed into service for dog training.
As a small beginning, I simply lured Clancy to step onto the skateboard with his front feet. This very basic beginning was intended to be not much more than confidence building. Clancy is a pretty confident dog, sensibly wary at times but open to evidence that a new object is not dangerous. So it was with the skateboard. He was happy to walk onto it and around it, not for its own sake but just as a means to an end. He was just foraging for treats. He hasn’t yet realised that he is being rewarded for stepping onto the skateboard, but that will come later. Interestingly, you can see that he is drawing on his repertoire – the high five paw action – deliberately pawing the board. He seems to be making use of the High Five paw action as a way of making good things happen, usually tug games. See him pawing Son’s bike, and now the skateboard.