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Tonight Gizmo learned to walk up the ramp and back down in order for him to get in the back of our SUV. We've been lifting him, but it's getting waaaay to hard for Terry and I can't do it. So, if he wants to go for a ride (and you KNOW he does), he has to walk into it himself. We practiced on flat ground 3-4 times. Then I put it on a cement block to create a slight incline and he did that 3-4 times. The last "test" was when I put it on our porch by the front door over the one step to the sidewalk. He did that with flying colors! Now the BIG deal .... the ramp was put up to the bumper of the SUV and the hatch door was open. Did he go up? Well, not at first. Seems there was a problem with the incline. Couldn't be helped, so I put a treat in front of his cute, little nose and he followed it up. The next time, I put the treat in the car and he went up after it. We did it several times because he got scared a couple times. Now, I think (I hope) when we want to go away, he'll march right up into the car. YEA GIZMO!
We are also walking off leash. I put the training collar on him and set it to "2". Very, very rarely do I have to "zap" him. Infact, now when I say "heel", he walks in back of me. I encourage him to come up by my leg, but most of the time he's behind me. What's up with that???? He waits when I say so and comes on command to cross roads. We are working on getting him to look at me when we stop to cross roads. I say "Gizmo, ready?" I want him to make eye contact, but usually he gets too distracted. So, I've been holding his chin till he looks at me. Then I tell him good boy and come.
The most fun thing he is learning to do is to catch the ball when I throw it. He's getting pretty good at that. He knows when I ask him if he wants to go into the backyard (to play) and he races there and waits for me. I'll tell him to "catch it" and he tries and sometimes does - depends on how well I throw it. LOL
So that is what Gizmo has been up to during his recuperating time. He's been really BUSY!