But Honey is making great progress on our training goals. What are our training goals?
- To ride comfortably in a cart pulled by our bicycle.
- To be confident with the movement she’d find on a sailboat (more on that later).
Our trainer, Russ, suggested we work on getting Honey to jump in one side of the bike trailer and out the other. This way, she’d learn that entering the cart did not mean she’d be stuck there. He wanted her to know that it was her choice to enter and leave the cart.
How do you teach this to a dog who strains every muscle to reach treats in the front of the cart while keeping both rear paws firmly anchored on the ground?
That’s been the trick. We’ve set up an impromptu “jump” in the living room and it seems to have helped her move to the next level. Because now, my husband has gotten her to jump through the cart three times in quick succession. All it took was good body position and a hand full of liverwurst.
I have not attempted this with Honey. I don’t like to jinx all the good work my husband has done. But Russ comes back on Friday and I’d like to show him that Honey is comfortable with this new behavior.
What do you think? Will Honey be ready to show off her latest trick no matter who’s asking her to do it? Or will I just end up with liverwurst all over my face?