This will be very, very quick, as I have to leave town early in the morning, but I had to share.
I did another session with Laev and the cat this afternoon. Now, yesterday's session was about 45 minutes long, total, to build up to heeling Laev away with a click every step or two.
Today's session, total, was just under 20 minutes, and I quit because I'd done all that I wanted to do, more than once. And then tonight at our Doberman club meeting, I paid for a brag because Laev RECALLED AWAY FROM A CAT. (More than once! though I didn't mention that.)
Now, I'm not going to pretend that she can recall away from a cat in the fresh flush of realization that the cat is there; she still needs to run a bit before she can focus. But she's getting way better!
I cannot believe this improvement! I hope we can continue this, and I hope I figure out a safe way to increase the cat's distraction.