I have been spending a lot of time recently out in the back yard, trimming trees, pulling weeds, etc. Joey is enjoying this cooler weather outdoors. I made a mistake when I picked up a stick and chucked it toward a garbage can I was using for yard waste. Next thing I knew, that same stick was laying by my feet again and Joey was shaking with excitement. I picked it up and threw it again and he took off after it. He ran about halfway to it, then started hopping like a kangaroo. I threw it a couple more times and he did the same thing, running halfway, then did the kangaroo hop. He was having too much fun with that stick, so I went inside to get a kong toy. He ran after the kong, but didn’t do the roo hop. I tried holding on to the kong and threw the stick again, and the roo hopping came back. Threw the kong-- he just ran. Threw the stick, Do the Roo! I figure that he only did the kangaroo hop with the stick, because it didn’t bounce around after it landed. The kong was still bouncing around different directions when he was running after it. I guess the roo hop makes it too hard to concentrate on where it is going.
I don’t want him to get too fixated on the stick, so I only throw the kong now. I know there will be plenty of sticks around if I want to see him Do the Roo again.