Sooooo, today went relatively well. We worked on heel with leash attached to ankle for the first time. Z could've done better but ended up doing great towards the end. Then we did a heel through a "maze" of cat climbing things. Unfortunately, this was right next to the adoption center....and well, Z has a rather uncontrollable intense interest in cats. So he was useless until we started much further away from them. Then it went well. We then worked on teaching stand....which was going FANTASTIC until the Aussie(who is hard to motivate)'s owner decided to try a squeaky toy. Worked great for Aussie, but not so great for Z. Z loves the sound of squeakers, though he won't play with them. So yet again, he was useless for quite a while. Theeeen....hmm....just lots of practice this week. NEXT week is trick week---she will help us teach ANY trick we come up with. So...ideas, folks? I asked about some double-dog stuff and bringing Mudflap, which she was fine with. But I know her very well so really I can go to her any day of the week with a question about a trick and she can help. So here's my ideas: Double dog---jumping tricks ---basic tricks, synchronized(waves, distance commands, etc) ---directed retrieve ---I could come up with a million... Tricks that are just difficult to train a dog like Zekers Confidence-building tricks(right up his alley) Retrieving things OTHER than tennis balls Self-control tricks I'm practically BEGGING y'all for ideas, so PLEASE throw some in. His trick list is on my post in the "Meet Our Team" forum. Anyway, tonight he had very little trouble paying attention even though the floor buffers were going practically the whole class. He was much more confident out in the store. Once again, he snuggled the trainer and even gave her kisses. ^^ My shy boy is blossoming!!!!