I finally got the MM out to play with West. my battery in the remote is way dead, so i have to hold it in my palm to warm it up before it will let me press a button. If anything, I think this has helped me give him more time between reps and not be impatient!
He was initially curious about the machine, and I made sure he was as far from it as reasonably possible before I activated it the first time. He still leapt pretty far, but did go in for the cookie relatively quickly. We're about 1.5cups of kibble later, and he's actively backing up and looking at me, for the cookie. He still jumps most of the time when I activate it, but dives straight back in for the cookie. Good progress! I'll have a new battery tomorrow!
I'm hoping to use the MM, thundershirt and calming cap combination wiht a Mat to create a VERY SAFE space that is portable. Then, it will just be a matter of fading the items one at a time, carefully. Good stuff, west!