It took over a week, but Dempsey has finally learned to throw trash away!
At first, I thought the problem was simply bad aim with his "puts." But after practicing a few times, I noticed that Dempsey was reluctant to throw things away. Check out this video, where Dempsey grabs the trash with his paws before he lets go with his mouth:
At first I thought it was coincidence, but he did this pretty consistently. I think Dempsey knows we should be recycling instead of throwing things away.
I was at an impasse, but Doreen came up with the solution: Add a "bring." We're not sure why, but if you ask Dempsey to "take it" or "get it," bring, rise, and then put, he'll put the trash in the trash can. I have no idea why this works, but it does.
Dempsey's been very busy the past few days, so we have a lot of new stuff to post, once we get around to it. Stay tuned!