On today’s walk in the woods we came across a tree trunk which had fallen across the path. It was just as easy to go under as it was to go over. As we approached, I watched my Beardie to see what he was going to do as he had just jumped over a few other obstacles.
He sniffed up and down, above and below. Backed up a couple of steps, re approached and sniffed some more.
If I had to describe what I saw, I’d say he was deciding how to get to the other side: jump or duck under.
I decided to do a spontaneous social learning experiment – not scientific at all – just curious about outcome and whether or not I could influence his decision.

I went over. Beardie went over. I am sure if I went under, he would have done the same. I’m going to test this mini theory the next time I go there.