Lyra - 12 weeks of age

I'm switching from "time she's been here" to "age" for the titles of my blog posts about Lyra.  Makes more sense over the long run.

Lyra's doing great!  Either her food drive is increasing or I'm doing a better job at finding tasty morsels.  Probably both.

Today's video shows a few things; a bit of pivoting (using a frisbee to hold her front feet in place and then on the ground), heeling (for a toy and food), and dumbbell retrieve (for toy and food).  I'm incredibly pleased that she will put down the toy to pick up the dumbbell.

As you can see, she loves her platform.  Normally I would not have random stuff on the floor unless I was using it - this is why.  I should have had a table set up outside with my props.  I could have taken them down as I wanted to use them.

Lyra still wanders off with her toys, but less every day.  Her retrieve is coming back, but not with tug toys at this time.  She'll work through that in the next few weeks.

After she gets the pivot in heel (using the frisbee) I'll teach her a left turn in heeling.    I'm increasing distance and expectation for the dumbbell.  We continue to play A LOT, though I do not show that here.

I'm giving some thought to how to teach sit, down and stand, but haven't done much with it yet.  So far, there hasn't been any luring, and I hate to start now.  The only way I know to teach a fold back down is with a food lure.  I'm open to alternatives, as long as they don't involve props.  Easier to fade a food target then a prop.

Here's a five minute clip of today's session.  Total session was more like 10 minutes, and included a few other bits and pieces.



I am really enjoying your posts on Lyra, and you’ve almost inspired me to start a similar process with my puppy, Myrtle (current 4 days old).

My border terrier, Clover, often does a fold back drop naturally when fixated on a toy. I think it may be related to doing a play bow, but then they decide to drop. I am sure if Lyra did this you would’ve noticed by now – so this suggestion perhaps isn’t much use!


I shaped my “drop” with a target stick between the legs. Got the lowering of the head first, then the front legs then the butt then sped it up so it all kind of collapsed at once. But that is a prop, so if you dont want to use that, I guess you could just free shape head movement first . I dont think theres any shame in luring certain things though.

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