Carting with Epic – May 5/19

Today, while beginning to unload some firewood from Sean’s truck, I had a moment of brilliance/insanity. Is there a word for an idea that has equal potential for wild success or epic disaster? A Schrödinger’s idea, maybe?

My idea was to the Epic with some weight in the cart (firewood) to see if I could use her tendency to lean in to pressure to help us make progress.

I loaded up the cart with some fire wood and, like last time, began clicking and rewarding with food for any weight shift or movement forward. What was really interesting, was that the pressure of the weight distributed through the harness did not seem to help us move faster, but it did help Epic relax enough to actually open her mouth!

I can hear a few people saying “Yes, her mouth is open, but it looks like she is stress-panting.” You’d be correct, which is why we worked for exactly 5 minutes and then unhooked her. Overall, i think the weight was a goid idea and so.ething we’ll use next time. 

Bit by bit, I think we’ll get there.

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