Linus had a productive day today. I feel confident that he will be able to go home on Wednesday with a good foundation for his new lifestyle. We worked on the long line today and he did not bolt away from me once. Tomorrow we are going to spend some more time in the garden. Truthfully, I am going to try my best to get him to make a mistake. We are in the proofing stage of things. What this means is that he has proven to me that he knows the commands and what is expected of him. Now we are throwing distractions at him and possible scenarios that might inspire disobedience in him. We are going to scatter treats, toys, cats, and people during his workouts to see if we can't coax a mistake out of him. I feel that treats are going to be real torture for him.
I was very proud of him today when we worked on Placemat. For one thing- he stayed on his mat for 3 whole hours today and only wandered off of it once. This was after he woke up from a nap and it seemed he really forgot he was supposed to stay. At one point Claven came home and even though there was a person at the door and two dogs barking at the door, Linus stayed put on his mat. He was very curious about the door and stretched his neck as far as it would go but he waited for Claven to come up and pat him instead of going to the door. I never expected this level of self restraint from him at this point but he sure convinced me to have higher expectations of him.
Right now he is eating a leaf on the living room floor.