This was filmed just days after Gus first met the ball. What I find most interesting about this video is that you can ‘see’ Gus processing and thinking about what he was taught.
When I first showed him the ball he was on a 15′ rope and and I sent him back and forth by the ball. Every time he passed it but didn’t focus on it I would turn him back around and send him back to it.
Eventually he would return to the ball on his own if he passed it. I rewarded him by leaving him alone if he faced the ball. He is a quick learner and he soon noticed that if he faced the ball there was no work.
You can see in this video, especially if you listen for me clucking, that when I cluck Gus knows that he needs to either get to work…or get the ball.
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