I usually give Ray his breakfast, which is a multi-course meal. The final course used to be a large biscuit however, we now buy the bag of the smaller size biscuits (cannot remember why!), and so I give him two of those. Typically, he goes into his den (crate) and awaits them. My pattern is to put one in my pocket and give him the other one. As soon as he has eaten the first one, then I give him the other one.
Our current bag seems to contain quite a few broken biscuits so, as per my usual routine, I will put all but one piece in my pocket. That piece I will give Ray and, as soon as he has eaten it, I will give him another piece. A very simple process and Ray accepts it readily.
The other morning, I gave him his breakfast exactly as per normal. When I went to his biscuit bag, I pulled out four biscuit halves … put three in my pocket and gave Ray the other one. I went about doing some tidying up when I noticed Ray patiently waiting in his den, so I gave him his second biscuit half. Carol had just got up and came into the kitchen where we started talking about her imminent appointment; the recent plane crash in Iran, and various other topics. During the conversation, Ray came up to me and nudged me gently with his nose.
I ignored him and carried on with our conversation, and then he nudged me again. I just patted him and continued! I then received a quite decisive nudge, such that I looked down to see what he was doing. He was pushing his nose right onto the pocket that had the remaining biscuit halves in it. How could I have forgotten about them? Ray certainly remembered!
That reminds me of a quote I read in somebody’s blog a long time ago that said “If you have any doubts as to whether a dog can count, put three treats in your pocket and give him two of them!”
I would suspect that his nose also plays a significant part in his counting ability but, regardless, we can’t hide anything from Ray!