well folks things are starting to click for my pup Banks. For the past week or so we've been working on "hold" and he has done pretty good for the most part. We had some hicks up when we started...hair standing up on his back...bugging away from me...and flat out spitting it out. A week later he is doing great. I'm able to walk a circle around him and he'll stay stationary and follow me with his head.
recently we've been working on hold while walking. During the first session he would spit it out when we would turn 180 degrees...but now we can do figure 8's and go up and down the ramp to the table! He stumbles when I tell him to sit then call him to me because he'll spin to heel and knock the item on my knee. I give him a light tap under the chin and tell him "hold" then continue to praise him.
today we made the transition to a frozen bird and boy was he fired up. His ears were perked up and I could tell he was having a blast...check out the picture