Monthly Archives: June 2007

Dinner-time Blues

How do you get someone to hurry up and feed you when you’re hungry? My mother-person is hopeless. I jump up at the counter-top to try to get to the food, and she puts the measuring cup and the spoon down and stands back and folds her arms! I mean, what do you do with a person like this? Trade her in?

Fortunately, I already know how to make her do what I want, even though I’m only 18 weeks old. I just sit down on the kitchen floor, and she picks up the spoon and the cup and carries on doing what she’s supposed to.

You know, it’s less trouble just to sit while she’s making my dinner. Then at least she doesn’t slack off.

Doggy Zen

My mother-person is very disorganised about training – she’s shaped my dad’s bark to be a big deep woof! but he doesn’t know about coming when he’s called! So I suggested that we should work through Shirley Chong’s Clicker Cookbook, which covers the basics really well – Shirley is a fantastic trainer and my mother-person has always said that she learned more from being on Shirley’s list than from anything else. And mother-person needs the structured approach :)

She’s doing the cookbook with my mum and dad as well, so they can learn the basics too!

We started with Doggy Zen and I got offered a hand containing a really yummy, smelly treat. I licked it all over and tried to get mother-person to open her hand – I was really excited – but she wouldn’t. Then I turned my head away for a moment and she clicked! Bingo! If I don’t touch the hand, I can make her click.

Well after that it was as easy as falling off a log – all I had to do was sit still!

Giving Candy to a Baby

I think this training stuff is a bit too easy. Mother-person started me off with a ‘clicker’. She made a noise with this little gadget and then gave me a treat straight away – a piece of really smelly, well-aged vienna sausage! Yum! And she did that lots of times!

Then she stopped and I looked at her for a bit, and then I got bored, so I sat and she did it again. I had to get up to get the treat – why couldn’t she just give it to me?

I got bored again and sat down – and she clicked again! And I got another treat!

Then I realised – if I sat, I could make her click and give me a treat! And it works – every time! Boy, is she stupid!