Sorry for the delay in posting this, so let's make the first challenge go over until the end of August, shall we? There may be another mini-challenge in the meantime if anyone fancies, but for now... Our very first challenge is simple. We are going to be working on behaviours around a food bowl. This can be any behaviour you like; I've been trying out things like heeling away from the bowl, and working towards running past the bowl. The reward for doing the behaviour is getting to be released to take the food. If you have a helper, you can have them stand by the bowl at first, and lift it if the dog goes to take it. I don't generally have the luxury of a helper, so it's more important that I set the dog up for success, making it really easy to start with, and gradually working towards my goal. If I think there's a good chance that the dog will take the food, I just mock putting it in the bowl, so they don't get to self-reward if they can't resist. If they succeed, we run together towards the bowl and I toss the food in as they sniff it. You can see this attempt by my lot. We've played this game once before, so they are learning pretty quickly. There's not much structure to it, I'm just adjusting little things here and there so they get comfortable with doing different things around a bowl of cheese and learning that it's OK to do so. I wonder how it will look in a month's time.