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Karen (Post #5547)
Well written, Karen. You do a nice job of recapping everything Mary and Salu do correctly so she can repeat those behaviors.
Be very specific when giving instructions for tossing a cookie away so Mary can reset. While this is a perfectly fine strategy to use, we would specify that the target must be in hand before tossing a treat that takes the dog away. If the scent is still on the ground, Salu shouldn’t leave and tossing cookies and toes aways contradicts the behavior we want. However, once a truffle is picked up, it is no longer in “play” so tossing the cookie away at that point would be ok.
Nicely done. I like the positive feel of the way you present your observations and recommendations.