This weekend we took a field trip to Long Hunter State Park, which surrounds Percy Priest lake. It’s about a 30 minute drive away from our house. It was a beautiful day, warm but not excessively hot, and sunny. The park is on-leash only, which is disappointing for Devi, but we had a nice hike through the woods anyway. We walked down to the lake shore several times, and Devi got to swim (I may have removed her leash for that part, but shhhhh don’t tell!). She had a blast, chasing sticks and just generally exploring a new area. There are several trails at this park and we only walked part of one, so I think we’ll head back sooner rather than later.
In other news, we’ve been working on improving Devi’s dumbbell hold and her drop on recall. Her dumbbell hold can be kind of weak – she picks the dumbbell up and then loosely holds it in her mouth. I’m not sure it would stay in if she moved while carrying it. We’ve been practicing position changes while holding it, and working on teaching her to really pinch it behind her teeth. The drop on recall is coming well. The fold back down is now on physical and verbal cue, and we’re working on doing a down from a walk. It’s funny, the faster we’re moving, the faster she folds back into the down. I think the drop on recall will be totally trained long before the dumb bell work is finished!