We Hunted … the wildest and most terrifying …
… tennis ball! More explanation will follow but first just look at the body language here …
It took over half an hour to get those – they wouldn’t sit next to each other. Then I used the ‘mat’ technique to get them to sit on the mat … Dog had to shuffle his mat over first …. and EVERY time I got them sat up Pup followed me as I backed away with the camera.
I had a meeting this morning which went well and helped to crystallise some Project Tick Tock thoughts. After I came home from that I had a lengthy text exchange with a very miserable Toxic … who just maybe about ready to listen … we’ll see.
Then the boys and I went for a mooch. After Pup’s hunts this past week I knew I couldn’t let him keep hunting without a ‘find’ and since he doesn’t know exactly what it is he is hunting that presents an issue. I planted a tennis ball on our way into the spinney and let him hunt back. He wasn’t as fluid as the last time but when we got back to the start he did scent out and find the tennis ball and fetch it to me. I will have to try and take him a few more times when I know there will be no other dogs – no good me planting stuff for him to find if someone snaffles it! Then I will be able to start planting some of his dummies rather than the tennis balls.
He does know that he is hunting creatures because twice today he has pointed blackbirds and neither time did he chase them. My problem with his spinney hunting is he is scenting rabbits but he has never seen a live rabbit, is unaware that the run and doesn’t understand when they have gone underground and the scent just stops. We’ll get there.
I’ll finish with a gosling update: I have seen two different hatches of goslings but one of those I haven’t seen apart from when they were tiny. These though I see frequently – they were originally three and now only two but they are growing really well: