Back to class last night. We had a week of no training - bad me. Still, he was introduced first to 5 boxes which he did quite well. Mirkka then started hiding the hat while Tin and I waited on the other side of the ex pen with sheets on it to hide what she was doing from his view. He always went to the last place he found the hat but then would start to look for it with both his nose and his eyes. Whenever he found it he got a big reward. He seems to do better if I sit down while he searches. If I stand up he comes to a heel position and sits nicely beside me. We then changed the article to his favourite thing to steal - a wool mitt. He did quite well and I have to make sure I work a lot this week in short 3 - 5 minute bursts as next week we go outside to work. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to engage him in looking when he is out there - remember getting him to walk on lead finally by using a chicken weiner trail? He loved that game!!! Grooming is still a big issue. If Dave can control his head then I can do his rear but he is now in a shed and so I will have to break down and muzzle him so that I can get the rest of him. It will be the first time I have ever had to muzzle a dog that lives with me. Sure hope it doesn't spook him. We will do appropriate training with it so he is comfortable having it put on and we will continue to be teaching the process but I am soooo not happy to have to do this. He was doing so well and then the snag happened. He loves the car and tries to stand between our seats. Since he is not good about coming out of the crate in the car then I will get him a harness to help protect him and allow us to drive safely. He comes out of the house crate willingly now. Still working on the bathroom trips but he has asked a few times and gone to the door himself when he asks. It's been 4 months now that he has been with us. Last night the fellow that owns the store where the classes are held commented on how much difference he is seeing in him - nice to hear as he breeds and trains Aussies. He actually went through the parking lot after class to the place we ex them with his tail in a relaxed position, peed right away and came back to go into the car. Toenails are being done again at Meaghans so that he doesn't equate my grooming table with that job just yet. Waiting to hear from my horse veterinary dentist to get that out of the way and then will be booking Tin for his work. We are hoping to get the fencing done in the next two weeks so if you see someone sitting on a street corner selling pencils - that might be me!