He is such a worrier when it comes to performing some of the utility exercises - especially with distractions - but he really appears to enjoy doing these fun things and is not stressed. In addition to this being a fun, stress reducing exercise, I think it's also going to help his recalls by keeping his speed up as he gets close to me.
The second fun and games exercise we're learning is raising his front feet on cue. He caught on real fast raising his right foot, so now I'm trying to get him to learn the cues for raising the right foot and the left foot. The next video clip is our beginning training for this game.
We also got in some utility work along with the fun and games. We've been trying to build confidence and speed with the articles, so I've been losing the formality lately and praising him and encouraging him a lot more. Can't do that in the trial, but maybe we can build confidence and get him more relaxed in practice and it will carry over into the ring. The big improvement lately has been getting him to trot back to me with the article instead of walking in slowly.