@raggy Agreed – I think my dog’s favourite part of our walks in local woods is the bit at the end where we do ‘find it’, which involves me throwing her favourite treat (also her mealtime biscuits) and her charging off to find it. She *loves* it. Other dog walkers have commented that they’d like to get their dogs doing the same. It wraps up the walk for her and she gets quite indignant if she doesn’t get to play this game. I know in the past we’ve overlooked the benefits of brain-work – and she’s of a breed that does have a strong prey drive and does require a lot of exercise.
As an aside, having just returned from the morning walk, I do think extendaleads are an abomination.