MORE PROGRESS!! This month, buddy and i went back to a school yard/football field where we had not been to for a while. We used to go to THAT one all the time, but, then they locked the fence for a while, so we had to use other schools. anyway, this football field/track/soccer fields are chockful of bunnies, and many of the bunnies all seem to hang out in this one spot, where there is a small stand to sell popcorn during games. Lotsa bunnies under that building/stand, usually. So this time, we stayed away from that area, where the bunny stand is, and worked on recall, did some tricks, and finally, after a few trips there, we finally walked by that area where the bunnies usually are, which in that past, Buddy has been MESMERIZED with, circling the stand, peering under it for bunnies, sniffing at it, often finding bunnies THERE...under THAT building/stand but THIS TIME, when we got near the stand, Buddy ---without even a cue---WITHOUT EVEN BEING ASKED-------fell in beside me, and kept looking up at me, smiling, as if to say, "Mom, look at me! here i am, right beside you, not paying anyyyyyyyyy attention to that stand where the bunnies live!!!!" and Buddy stayed right beside me, walking beside me, eyes up on me, til we past the stand!! AND HE WAS OFF LEASH!! and i had not said a thing, i had not ASKED him to ignore that building where the bunnies live, i had said nothing! HE KNEW!!! that is the amazing part! HE KNEW !!! He KNEW i wanted him to ignore bunnies HERE too!! Buddy HAS PUT IT TOGETHER, in his lil doggie brain, that i want him to ignore bunnies!! buddy generalized this concept!! see? Buddy may not always be able to ignore bunnies, but Buddy putting all his previous bunny lessons, in OTHER AREAS, together with this bunny-stand, amazed me anyway. I had said nothing! (except later, i then did begin to praise/treats for staying with me/ ignoring the bunny-stand.) OFF LEASH, TOO!! wow, he COULD HAVE run over to look for bunnies there, where he HAD found bunnies so often in the past..... now, true, he did not actually SEE a bunny, and if he had, most likely, he would have chased it and killed it. but Buddy KNEW that building/stand probably had bunnies under it, and he paid it no attention. HE HAS NEVER EVER EVER DONE THAT BEFORE!!!! yet, another brick in the wall for us! YAY!!