“I’m teaching Cooper to “sort” colored cotton reels by color. In this example, he’s supposed to put all of the yellow reels into the yellow bowl, and all of the blue reels into the blue bowl. Because he’s still learning, the yellow and blue are already divided into piles by color, but I do keep moving the reels and bowls around so he doesn’t just think the reels have to go into the opposite bowl. I will soon start mixing the colors randomly to make it harder, and eventually I want to add at least one other color of cotton reel.
As you can hear, I’m using a clicker to indicate when he has put a reel in the correct bowl, and he gets a treat for each correct placement. When he puts one in the correct place on his first try, he gets a nicer treat and some praise (“good boy!”) which is why I keep saying that.
Some people have asked me, “Aren’t dogs colorblind?” Yes, they are, but that doesn’t mean they see in black and white. They see shades of yellow, blue, and gray. That’s why I chose to start with yellow and blue cotton reels. To learn more about dog color vision you can visit dog-vision.com” ~Cooper The Shih Tzu