Hops had a back session for part of his dinner. He did a fabulous job, backing over six feet, straight most of the time to the mat behind him. He still lowers his head when he really concentrates about backing. Very cute! I have started to name the behavior just before he does it now. He also had a take session and he seemed to have crossed over the threshold from thinking take is stupid to thinking this it kind of cool. I pick something up and mom treats me! We also had a nice game of fetch. I threw the toy different directions around the house and he brought I right back every time! I traded him for a treat and threw the toy again. What a good puppy!
Later Hops had another bath. He was pretty darn funny. When we started filling the tub, he used his new backing skills to get away from the approaching water. He ended up with his back feet up on the edge of the tub and only his front feet in he water! He was good for the bath though and earlier was very calm when I introduced a small electric hair trimmer to trim the hair on his paws.
Before bed Hops had a roll lesson. About two dozen times in a row, I said roll (while he was in a down), paused a moment, then gave him the roll hand signal that he knows. Then I tested him by saying roll and not giving him the signal. He scooted back a little, put his head down, but did not roll over. I said the word then signaled a few more times then tested him again and he rolled over all on his own! What a smart boy! I gave him a jackpot and ended he lesson there!