After unpacking The Amazing Treat Machine, Penny and I, together with our video assistant, set about trying it out.
I find that video clips advertising products show the results achieved after some practice. Well, here's a 'warts and all' unabridged version of how a dog tries out this product for the first time.
We did have the advantage, however, that Penny already knew how to pick up a ball and put it in a box. (It's taught by putting the container under her mouth so that the ball drops into it and, if using a clicker as a marker for good behaviour, clicking and treating every time the ball falls into the container. Eventually the container can be left on the floor and the dog learns to bring the ball to it.)
Here's our first try. We had fun but no success!
Okay, so we needed to make some adjustments- for instance, jamming the bottle in more securely. But still no luck.
Never give up! Penny noticed before I did that the treats had begun to emerge from the hole at the bottom.
At this stage I decided to cheat a little - which turned out to be a bad idea.
Finally, success - sort of. I cheated again! But Penny has the idea and I'm sure we'll do better next time. I think it's a good product, and not too expensive - if you don't live at the end of the earth and have to pay more in postage than the product costs...