Mr. N’s favorites are probably either “high five” or “dance.” They’re his default if he is confused or mugging for a treat. He has also been offering “shame” a lot lately because that was the last thing we worked on so he assumes that’s what I want.
As for my favorite… it’s probably whichever one I’m working on at the time! Right now, we’re working on unrolling a yoga mat and retrieving.
The latter is frustrating me terribly because Mr. N is not a natural mouther. He will paw at the object in question or nose it but won’t offer any mouthing behavior. So we’re working on it with tiny baby steps. We’re on day three of working on it and he’s progressed from refusing to put his mouth anywhere near the stick to bringing it to me from four feet away.
Mr. N seems incredulous that I just want him to bring back the stick. He’s like what if I hold the stick in my mouth and try to wave at the same time? Or if I hold the stick and cover my eyes? Oh fine. Have the stupid stick! And he’ll fling the stick at me.
Yoga mat rolling is going rather smoothly. Initially, he wanted to roll it up rather than unroll it but it’s going in the right direction now. I think later on, I might try to have him unroll the mat then roll it back up.
This video is from our first session.