Happy Birthday, Laev! She's six months old today -- February 16 to August 16.
Informal retrieves today; I'd throw a rope bone and she could bring it back directly to me for a treat. (I know she's going to chase it and pick it up -- it was the coming back I wanted to reward!) We didn't do it long, just long enough to take the edge off the wiggles, but it was fun to watch how she learned very quickly that she couldn't just shortcut to getting the treat by staring at me instead of retrieving! That didn't take long, maybe two tries. By the end of our super-brief session, she was bringing the toy all the way to my hand, no cheating by dropping it en route.