Tarq behaved very well today. He didn’t try to run off, he was not happy with game number 2 but when I called him over the third time he came very happily, so we decided to stop.
We are doing very little: I send him walking or trotting; he can’t stop when he wants, but he can when I call him. But when he doesn’t come to me, and gets distracted, he has to start walking again. It only seems very little: for the Tarq this has great meaning! And it is very important that, while not giving in to his clever anti-game1-actions, neither should one put too much pressure on him. I call him over when I notice by his ears and expression he is paying attention to me.
It is a hard nut to crack for him: this game does mean he is not in control, and he doesn’t like it. He was happy to come to me the third time, so we then stopped, it didn’t last long, but it is very important to stop when he’s doing it right. He doesn’t look too happy though!
The score board today:
To recap: The Tarq has gained 60 points over me, and 40 over Sandra.
And Sandra has scored 40 points over Tarq, and I have scored 65 point over Tarq up to date, so at the moment I’m doing well!