I've decided to push the envelope with Mouse... She seems to have finally figured out that she CAN think for herself, and not just react to me.... So I've decided to try something fairly difficult.... I am going to teach her to do a backwards figure-8 using ONLY shaping. (well, except for using a target stick to get her backing up at first to give her someplace to start) Day one (last night) I used the target stick to teach her I wanted her to back up between two towers of dog food cans. she caught on quickly and was soon doing it without the stick (and without knocking down the cans ), so began shaping. I have her backing up and partially around the first tower of cans... But we have an unintended trick too... she now plunks her butt down and throws her head back... like a blonde flicking her head back saying "aren't I Gawgeous?" LOL I'll see if I cant think up a signal for that... and put it to cue... too cute! We'll work on it again tonight, see if we get any further... Once I get her going around the cans, I'm going to try to get her doing a backwards Figure-8 around my legs... I wish I could film this, but I have to train in low light, as Mouse (who's deaf) does not see well, and the "clicker" is an LED light. So you will not get to see a video, until she knows the trick and we can do without the clicker.