When I read Ludwig Van Doggy's blog yesterday, I saw he was learning a cute trick where he will carry a basket with a little toy sheltie.
This reminded me we haven't done training with Penny for quite a while. We've been content to simply take her for a good long walk most days. To a certain extent, this isn't fair to her, because in previous years she has done regular training with Cindy, and with A Perfect Spot; she did flyball until we discovered she had injured her cruciate; she did some tracking; she attended doggy dancing sessions; she learned lots of tricks in the kitchen. When we did all those things, she was using her intelligence and obviously loved it.
So I thought I'd get out the skateboard and laboriously start to remind her of what she once knew to do with it.
To my surprise, she jumped aboard, tail wagging.
So, I'm convinced we must start up our activities again. We can do them without going to special sessions, as we did when Honey the Great Dane organised her Dancing With the Doggy Stars competition. We've made a start on Ludo's basket trick, which is entirely new to Penny. I hope once she's used to touching the basket she will remember that she once knew how to pick something up and 'hold' it in her mouth.
Thanks, Ludo, for showing us how to start the training for this trick!