Today's off leash hike presented a new challenge in training. So far, the jerky treats had sufficed for a reward however it was no longer working today. Mostly because it's hot and he wasn't hungry. So I had a dilemma. I do have the e-collar and he is trained, in my opinion, very well and gently on it. However it makes little sense to not have a reward for coming each time.
When I got home I realized he was thirsty from a short walk (that I go to get the excess out before I take him for a off leash walk, better safe than sorry.) I realized it was due to the warm weather (It's not as hot as the pictures look, maybe 75 degrees or so. Still quite warm for a double coated breed, however.)
So I decided that there was a rather simple reward for recall here. Water! Obviously, I did not withhold water from in at all. He was able to drink to his fill each time. But it was a reward he was excited for (always does this little bounce dance when he's eager for something). An unexpected training opportunity that I'm glad I was able to catch.
But that's Kobe off leash, and a result of my training with him over many months. Hope people enjoyed the pics.