Hi Guys – This is Ray. I recently had an experience which I want to share with all my dog buddies, as you may find it useful when training your humans.
My humans, compared to others that I have met, are quite smart really. They seem to know what I need in order to train them… and they clearly want to be trained. Our mailbox is about a 5 minute walk from our home and, the first time they took me there, I got a treat when we arrived and another when we left.
My deduction was quite simple. The faster we got to the mailbox, the faster I got my treats so, whenever I heard “Ray… mailbox!”, I was on a mission. My humans were happy because I not only knew what “mailbox” meant, but I knew exactly where it was and how to get there. They seemed to see it as an achievement, but of course we dogs know that the whole process was a “no(se)-brainer” and very simple to do!
Just the other day however, things changed a little, and that is what made me do this Post. I heard the usual “Ray… mailbox!” and excitedly took them there. As soon as we arrived, I got my treat. My Dad opened the mailbox and took some stuff out, and then they both started to walk away. Where was my other treat?
Well they tried to start to walk away, but didn’t get too far because I wasn’t going anywhere without my other treat. I sat down! Humans can be quite clueless sometimes… even mine! They were saying things like “C’mon Ray” and “Wassup buddy?” but here is the really important bit. I did not move!
I’ve come to the conclusion that whereas most humans know that our reflexes are so much faster than theirs, which means that their reflexes are so much slower than ours, they haven’t accepted that their brain workings are also very slow! It is important to understand this sad fact.
I just stayed in my sit position, and listened to their curious babbling, when I think a light went on somewhere deep inside their heads because I suddenly heard something about not giving me my other treat. As you can probably guess, my other treat suddenly appeared, and we all went home (which I was really happy about because it very close to my dinner time!).
The moral of this story is never give up on getting treats that you are entitled to because, if you do, your treats will probably becoming less and less. One day, there may be no treats! For you guys that are a lot smaller than me, perhaps just stand there and make lots of noise… otherwise they might just pick you up and carry you!
Dogs Rule! Woof! Ray