A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Little Smarties

Winston's new agility stuff came today.  It has a tunnel, hoop and weave poles.  The pig is freakishly smart - it literally took him one cookie to understand he had to go through the tunnel to get a treat.  Now we are working on sitting before and waiting til asked to go through and then sitting after.  Winston also goes through the hoop with no issues as well.  He gets pretty excited when there are cookies around so we might be working on sitting before and after for a bit.  Emma doesn't care for going through the tunnel but she will some of the time.  More work to do with her as well.

Winston is also learning to keep his treat ball on the carpet.  The command is "bring it this way" and he pushes the ball in whatever direction you are.  I would say it works about 80% of the time.  I ordered him some baby toys based on some videos I watched and will be working with him on those in the next few weeks.

I am still surprised at how smart the pig is - he learns things so quickly and then the bulk of your time is spent finessing and getting him to do what ever it is your want on the first ask.

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