We start off day two with some more tug and drop work. This time with a flirt pole to get Carl engaged more quickly. As you can see, he is very interested but still has a wait and see approach. We continue to play for quite a while each session to make it well worth his while to engage, I am just editing that out.
I did make the mistake of introducing a squeaky toy here. Carl is not a fan. It took us a while to get back in the game afterwards as his trust in me was dented for a second there.
The second exercise I filmed here was just some basic place stuff. Since Carl is frequently off leash and it can be hard to get him under control when he is very stimulated, a go-to-place command that gets Carl to go and lie down somewhere and stay there is really valuable. The first step is to get him to place his feet on a new object.
When I am teaching a new take on an old behavior, I like to use objects that the dogs does not frequently encounter. In this case is it a textured foam square. Carl would probably be more likely to lie down on a bed or blanket but he is familiar with these objects and frequently interacts with them with nothing special happening. I want this new place object to be special, for him to have an association with lying down and staying enthusiastically here.
Carl is not crazy about putting his feet on this odd new texture and this morphed into an “overcoming strange things” exercise as much as a “go-to-place”. In hindsight it was a little much and a softer or more familiar object like a cloth place mat might have been a better choice.
As usual there is a lot of play going on at the end here to relieve any stress this new task might have caused and to associate this strange thing with fun.