Funny Little Newlie Tricks!
My little buddy is pretty smart, I think! He has been bringing me his food dish for some time when I tell him "Go get your dish," but I decided today to take it a step further. I am forever tripping over his dish that he leaves laying around the house when he is finished eating, so I had him pick up his empty dish today and put it on top of his food bin and that was no problem for him at all. That will start being a regular part of his mealtime.
Then, after we played a little ball, I taught Newlie to climb into an adirondack chair and sit down and then up onto a garden bench and lay down. That was easy-peasy for him!
I had to work with him a little on picking up his leash and handing it to me. This dog, who carries around those filthy balls in his mouth, acted like that leash was made of poison. At first, he didn't want to touch it at all and then after a few days, he would try to hook it with one tooth for a second or two and then finally he would pick it up and drop it as quickly as he could. Now, he will pick it up and hand it to me if I am close by. I guess next I will have to see if I can get him to carry it across a room to me.
I think I am going to get one of those little kid basketball things, maybe second-hand, and see if I can get him to dunk a basketball!