It’s been hot here, so lots of my exercises are planned for early morning or dusk.
As I remarked yesterday, we are relearning the simple whistle used for commands when I am a distance away. It is shrill and definitely is better than the Humans yelling at me. It does get my attention.
Lately I’ve started giving the incorrect response to the whistle. No, it’s not because I’m stubborn. Fortunately, I have Humans who has spent a lifetime with horses and dogs, yes cats were in the mix too. They know that we don’t have human motives behind our actions, or lack of action.
My Human also realizes that she confused me. She even thinks she knows when it happened, but in her usual manner she doesn’t dwell on how it happened, but how to correct it. Unfortunately for both of us, this means going back to basics. We started with “heel, forward, halt, sit, stay” . Only difference between regular obedience is that she uses the whistle and hand signals instead of a verbal. Also, I am not wearing a leash.
The whole process is rather boring and it is hot here, so we keep sessions short, but train twice daily. As we get to more interesting stuff, I’ll post more on my “retraining”.
In the meantime, let me show you the pictures of a nuthatch feeding her babies. Her nest is in the hole directly behind her.
On the left you can clearly see her and the hole where her nest is located.
The tree itself is located in the wetland and the water’s edge.
There are actually a pair of these birds working.
Food is easily located just outside the nest. Then she can hustle back and feed the demanding youngsters.
Below she pokes her head into the nest.
It’s super time!