Oreo learned how to "hold a bunny" a few months ago. Part of Silvia's class is teaching the dogs to hold a plastic bottle. We started out by hugging a pole. Chewy LOVED this, but got a bit too enthusiastic and turned into a wanna be pole dancer. I swear he was climbing the pole. So, I switched to a broom, which seemed to stop that behavior, and he was able to "hold".
He's been doing real well with holding the bottle, but the session I recorded he was not holding it as long as usual. I've been doing trick training first thing in the morning, but shot this video one afternoon. He's like my ninth graders...good in the morning, but after lunch, forget about teaching them a thing.
What I've learned most from this class is not to rush things. I know I often resorted to luring with Oreo, because I wanted to have him master tricks quickly. With Chewy, I've taken things slower, used more shaping, and the end result (when we finally get there) is much better. More independence.
We'll get there with this one too.