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Great learning by all parties! 🙂
It does seem that Hunter does better with you near when he’s trying to solve a problem. Staying at the previous hide allowed him some independence but I think next you should try going in just a little bit closer when you see him trying to narrow down a hide. As if you’re asking him a question, “What is it that you’re saying?” Not too close to crowd or sell him on a spot but to encourage him to continue working that problem.
I think you could pair or not pair but I’m still wanting to see more connection between the two of you as he tries to problem-solve. It’s definitely getting better! 🙂
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