If you’ve read the blog the last couple of days you know that mom is teaching me to be more helpful around the house– er, yard.  She’s teaching me to pick up sticks in the backyard.

After I had mastered the first two steps — learning that “get stick” means I get something good, and introducing a real live stick — mom made things a little harder.  This time I had to pick the stick up a move it around a little bit.

You’ll see mom do a couple of bad things in this video.  Teaching us dogs to do stuff takes LOTS of patience on the part of humans.  Mom gets a little impatient and says “get stick” too many times when she should have just waited for me to do what I was supposed to do.  My brain was processing those words “get stick” and I was deciding if I was going to do it or not.  If she had waited I would’ve done it, but on my time table.

Also, you’ll notice she gave me a treat a couple of times even when I didn’t do exactly what she was expecting.  Like, one time, I just touched the stick with my nose instead of picking it up.  She fell into my trap and gave me a treat anyway.  She’s such a sucker for my cuteness.

We did this a whole bunch of times, way more than you see in the video.  When I had mastered the whole pick up and move the stick thing she made things a little more challenging: she moved the stick!  I had to actually go hunt the dumb thing down.  I got real tired of that real quick, so that part only shows up at the very end of the video.

So what do you think?  Can you learn the get stick thing?  Think you can start helping mom and dad around the house, or, um, yard?  Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

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