There are times when young Ted has me in stiches. Generally he is a sensible dog with a far older head on his shoulders than depicts his age, but occasionally he reverts to being a total fool. Last week I was in the kitchen sorting out some lunch and I could hear something banging and crashing around the living room. As I opened the door I was greeted by a very confused cocker spaniel holding his food bowl, which in itself is not unusual as I have trained him to bring it to me when he has finished his dinner. However, on this occasion he had picked the bowl up the wrong way and had “blinded himself” – he had no idea of where he was going, hence the noise. The really stupid thing was he hadn’t even worked out that if he put it down all would be revealed… I suppose he may have been self-training “blind retrieves”, perhaps?