Mum read somewhere that in order to keep polar bears from getting too bored, zookeepers will hide their food or make them work for it in some way. Scooter is an inquisitive dog. We've had to develop ways to direct his curious energy. The newest Scooter game is Thimblerig! Also known as the shell game. First we set up the cups.
He gets to see where the treat is hidden. At this point he gets pretty excited. Because he's charged the cups one too many times, he is now required to lay down in order to play.
I make a few quick cup movements.
Then the best part. Choose your cup Scooter!
Scooter's been doing pretty good at choosing a cup with his paw. But sometimes he cheats and sniffs each cup before selecting one. Smart dog.