I totally love watching Marley when she the lightbulb goes off. Her eyes brighten, her grin gets huge and her whole body wiggles. Those moments are my reward.
The whole body wiggles started during weave training (I didn't want to write about weaving but I just can't help myself). We were working the arch around two poles. She skipped the poles and ran to the robot. She looked around wondering why there were no treats. Upon noticing the poles, I saw her eyes brighten as she scampered through the poles. Of course she went in the wrong direction but I somehow managed restrained myself and wait. She looked around and realized she was in the wrong spot so she turned around and went through the poles the correctly. The robot rewarded her and I started jumping up and down in excitement. She rewarded me with the grin and whole body wiggles.
Yesterday, we were working on combining two sets of poles and she kept skipping the first set on the right side. After analyzing my set-up I realized it may be confusing and I decided to slightly change the angle of the first set of poles. The angle made it easier for her to see the direction she needed to run and she rewarded me with a huge grin and whole body wiggles.
I hope everybody gets those magic moments from their dog. It totally fills my heart with joy!