I've been taking care of Charlie for a week now. I thought it would be fun to teach her to 'shake' when she gets a treat. After all, she's great at sit and stay, so why not? It really, really isn't happening! She jerks her paw away and looks at me like I'm a crazy person. I haven't given up, but...
A couple of nights ago she was on the edge of the bed (as above) and dropped her toy over the edge. I got up and retrieved it. As soon as I sat back down at the keyboard she dropped it again. As I retrieved it she did a teeny doggie dance of joy and I realized...she had trained me to retrieve the toy in only two tries!
Well today is a better day, even if I'm off to the cardiologist with daughter #3. It is fascinating to watch her get a cardiac ultrasound, even if the reason for it is borderline terrifying.