This morning I worked with Tessa with the platform again. She really has gotten perfectly comfortable with me moving all around her, so I went on to the next step.
I tossed a treat into the kitchen and as she scrambled to get it, I set myself up in position and then called her to position (on the platform) and c/t for getting into position and c/t for holding the position for a couple of seconds.
She did very well with that. She did offer me 2 on 2 off a couple of times! Hahahah!! That's fine. We are cross training, and it will actually do her some good to know that there are different uses for platforms.
I only did easy calls into position, and will continue with that for a couple more sessions. I think that by the time I make it more challenging, she will be ready!
She wanted to do her pivots, so I got a low round pedestal out and we did those.
Then we worked a bit with the hula hoops, sans most of the beans that I removed last time!
She was hesitant to offer going through a hoop, but she did it. By the time she had done a few, she was offering it a bit more willingly. I think that soon she will be doing this quite eagerly!
Then we ended up with some short moving position work. I got her into position - already her attention in position is markedly improved - and took a single step and clicked as she moved with me, treat stationary. We did that on both sides, twice.
I am happy with her progress. I think that she is going to be heeling beautifully, on both sides, very soon!!!