And for tonight's story time:
Theory is 8months. He's an "old soul". Very easy going, a breeze to train and handle, etc. His obedience is solid, and he's pretty solid on several age appropriate tasks. He retrieves things all day every day (laundry, dishes, cleaning up the house, making the bed, etc). So he can work when I need him to as opposed to always going out for training purposes. But he still lacks experience and I was very much reminded tonight.
We go to check out at Walmart and I dropped the shirt I was getting. This ensued:
Me: "Theory fetch"
T: Promptly leans down, sniffs the item, and then looks at me
T: continues staring
Me: "Theory. Seriously. Fetch" *points at item* to help him out
T: sniffs it, looks at me, lays down
Me: *a little encouragement* "come on, get it, fetch!"
T: continues laying there
Me: (omg all of these people are watching this mega failure) *nudges it with my foot and the shirt comes from the hanger*
T: immediately fetches the shirt, good dog, then the fetches hanger.
Well that was weird.
Then it dawned on me. He's asked to pick up clothes and clothes hangers all the time. But he's never picked them up as one item. He wasn't sure which one to get. So when he was sniffing them, he was waiting for me to mark "yes" for the correct item to retrieve, not understanding that they were connected. My bad. #servicedogsofinstagram #servicedogintraining #servicedog #servicedogpuppy #goldenretriever #goldenretrieverpuppy #goldenretrieverservicedog #englishcreamgolden #walmart