Ready to roll...
Today I ran into something new while I was at Lowe's with Alfie, working him on the restrooms. He loves restrooms because there's so much work for him to do in one small place! First he has to "find the girls" (ladies' restroom). Then, it's "find the stall," (the handicap stall -- to give enough room for person and dog to fit easily); and after using the restroom of course you need to wash your hands so he finds the sink, followed by the paper (or air dryer), and if it was paper he gets to find the trash can so you can throw it away...then the door, and we're on our way. He's in doggie heaven.
He doesn't always get all of this right -- for example, today when I asked for the paper he took me to the fold-up changing table -- but he definitely works hard at it.
Anyhow, this particular Lowe's had an unusual setup, where the handicap stall was actually not the end one, as in almost every other store I've been. It was next to last! And guess what, Alfie went straight to it, passing up 4 normal size stalls and not bothering with the end one either! I'll be honest...I'm not sure if he really figured that one out all on his own, or if perhaps I gave some kind of subtle cue (turned my head or slowed down maybe?) I didn't do anything on purpose! Either way, I'm happy...if he figured it out on his own, then wow -- he's smart! If he figured it out from me, then he's still smart, and paying really close attention besides. That's a good boy, Alf!
Small victories just make my day...how about you?