I was down at the training barn with three dogs today. That was different!
I left Rush loose and worked with Dancer and Elly one at a time. I did contacts with Dancer (surprise, surprise) and Rush ran after me while I ran. I did heeling with Elly and Rush trotted after Elly… with a bit of extra distance. Elly’s growled at him a few times. She does not approve of him getting too close to her food. Rush has figured out pretty quick that Dancer thinks he’s okay and Elly’s a grouch.
I didn’t want to train too much; I was mainly there to take advantage of the safe and different environment. After I’d done a few more contacts, I threw the ball for Dancer a few times. Rush thought that was great and started running after Dancer. Dancer thought it would be even more fun to play keep-away with Rush, and the two of them did laps around the barn for a bit. I got a second ball and threw it for Rush, and he chased it, picked it up and brought it back to me. I threw it again, and he brought it back again.
I’ve never had a retriever before. I’m worried I may not be able to keep up with this dog!