|I tried the "I deserve a treat" look.|
When Mum and I go on our morning walk, I sometimes get treats.
Mum gives me treats if I can get past the noisy dogs' homes without barking or pulling on the lead. That's very hard to do because those dogs say some very mean things to us.
So if I stay focussed on my walking and ignore those noisy dogs, Mum tells me to sit down and she gives me a treat.
The other day, I tried a trick. I didn't wait for Mum to tell me to sit down. I walked nicely past the noisy dogs' houses (there's three of them in a row), and I sat down and gave Mum the "I deserve a treat" look.
Mum laughed, and said that was right I'd earned it, and tossed me a treat. Mum tosses me the treats now, because I once accidentally bit her fingers as well as the treat.
Since sitting without waiting to be told worked so nicely, I tried something even trickier on the next day.
I sat down before we got to the noisy dogs' houses. I gave Mum my "I deserve a treat" look.
Mum said I hadn't earned it yet.
I gave her the look again.
She said, "Good try. Excellent try. But no. That's not how it works. You have to earn the treat before you get it."
It was as if she didn't trust me! (She said it was as if she knew me.)
So that doesn't work. I really do have to go past the noisy dogs' homes if I want my treat. Luckily, since it's almost summer, we're going for our walk earlier, and some days the noisy dogs aren't even awake yet.
We have to have our walk before the day gets too hot, so my delicate little paws don't get burned on the path. It's a serious issue: dogs can get third degree burns from hot paths.
Anyway, my trickiest trick didn't work. If you've got ideas for getting extra treats, please let me know.
Licks and tail wags,
Miss Fantasia Dog.
(Call me Fanta.)