Friday, October 28, 2011
2 Arlo Stories
I was wearing gloves, so at least it didn't get on my hands. If someone ever makes dog treats out of cat poop, that person will be a millionaire.
Story 2. Here's a cautionary training tale, along the lines of being careful about what you wish for. I always admire people who can spot the potential in some quirky behavior that their dog already offers and turn that behavior into a trick that shows off their dog's personality. I did something like that when I taught Katie "show me your toes." One of Arlo's funny behaviors is that after he eats, he carries his dish around. So, I thought, why not put that on cue? We could call it "dinner time," or "do you want some more?" or maybe even "Oliver Twist." :) So last night we did a little training--very basic, just rewarding him for looking at the dish. After a few minutes, Katie decided she wanted to join in and then Arlo lost focus. So we stopped, and I put the dish back in the stand that holds his food and water dishes. Shortly thereafter, I watch as Arlo picks up his dish--not his empty food bowl that we've been playing with, but his water dish, which is full--and, well, you can probably figure out what happened after that...