Training puppies is so much fun! Umm...
So Enya started learning to stand with her front feet on a large overturned food bowl. I use the word target. She is beginning to understand and often gets one foot on it quickly so we're working on both feet. Every once in a while she'll put both feet up and as she's rewarded she'll open her mouth, get this glint in her eye and collapse, both front feet still on the bowl. It's like she's laughing. Then she'll pick up one foot and put it back down on the bowl and then the other, still lying down. She'll tilt her head and give a small bark, like where's the reward?
I'm beginning to recognize 'the look' before she decides to add her own twist to things. If she's in a sit stay the mouth will open, tongue slip out and tilt her head. Then she'll start scratching, stop and look at me, and do it again.
If on lead she'll be walking just fine and then turn and give me 'the look' and quickly grabs the lead in her mouth, trotting along like she's in charge of the walk now. If I pretend not to see it, look away, she'll wait for me to look back down at her and then grab it. She's a pistol!
But I think our favorite time is just before bed when we'll go out, no training, just walk the fence line. She'll stop and sit in front of me every so often for me to rub her ears, or stop dead in front of me, back to me, looking over her shoulder so I'll do long body strokes down her back. She'll run around, looking over her shoulder to know where I am and come running back to me. Right before we go in she'll run and grab this small log she found and carry it up to the door wanting to bring it in and I tell her to leave it. She'll put it in the corner next to the door and is ready to go in. Of course the next night it's back out in the yard somewhere. She's 15 weeks old today.