I did practice backing onto a mat with Atticus both yesterday and today. Yesterday was frustrating for some reason. I had to help him more than I wanted to, but he did need some direction or he got frustrated. Still, I tried to end on a good note.
Today, however, was fantastic! We went into the driveway and he started to graze a little. But when I went to walk past him, he picked up his head and walked toward the mat.
In all previous sessions, he has checked out the trailer first. This time, as I stopped about 10 or 12 feet from the mat, he turned to face me and immediately began to back up. He got it on the first try! We did a couple more, including one where he volunteered to correct his course (sideways) on his own. Then I gave him a Stud Muffin for an excellent effort (both hinds on the mat). I switched sides and he did very, very well again! Another Stud Muffin and we were done.
I had to target him out, though. I don’t think he wanted to be done so soon. 🙂