SUMMARY: Hey--I practiced!I did about 5 minutes with each dog on dogwalk contacts with a target at the end and clicking and tossing treats on the dog's far side (not facing me). Actually practiced! Whether that will make any difference in either dog's contact performance remains to be seen, after years of gradually decaying criteria.
In fact, after a whole bunch of fast, rewarded contacts in a row, I removed the target and Boost immediately came down with her front feet off the side towards me again. Gads.
But at least we practiced *something*!