I have set myself some new goals. As I was reviewing what I have been doing for the past months, since I stopped working so much, I realised it wasn't that much. Ofcourse I needed to recharge, get some rest and energy back. But basically I have been doing a whole lot of nothing and walking the dogs. So starting this week I set myself a new rule. Do more with the dogs separately. So instead of our midday walk, I take them out separaretly and do some training. Now with Jinx there are no real problems. I want to work on heelwork and getting more joy into that, as I hate doing it, so so does she. With a new tug/chase toy as a reward, that is going really well. But then again, she loves to work with me, no matter what I ask or where I ask it. With Cooper working outside is a whole other ballgame... All he wants to do is sniff and pee at every bush. Yes he does look at me for a treat, but work for it, no way! So I started back at the basics. Look at me. He will do this, but get distracted after two or three times. Touch my hand, four or five times, then he will turn his back and sniff the air. I thought bringing a tennisball as a reward would at least get him a bit more excited, but no. twice he will get the ball and then there is this scent that is way more important, so he drops the ball and wanders off. Tugtoy? Really??? Aaarrgghhh The only thing that got some response today was having him circle a pole. No matter how happy I am( and believe me I jump around like crazy when I get him to do what I want!! Come to think of it, maybe he is ashamed of me) no matter how fantastic the treats are... He will leave me hanging on the other end of the leash, like an annoying kid whining for attention. Believe me, he gives me that exact look! It is soooo frustrating! I don't want to give up, but I am stuck on how to get his attention. I have used up all my tricks Sorry but I needed to blow off some steam. Maybe one of you has some suggestions, I haven't though of yet?