We have a tiny kitchen in our house. As in, there's no room for two big dogs to sit around the kitchen just waiting for scraps. None. Especially not for Puppy.
So one of the first "tricks" or
commands our dogs need to learn is "Out of the Kitchen." So, while you
think this pair is just laying there looking cute, they are really
testing me. If you look closely you can see that the dog on the left has
half a paw over the line onto the linoleum, and Puppy has part of her
snout over the line. Not enough for me to yell at them, but enough to
let me know that they're waiting.
What are they waiting for?
the time I took these photos, I was cutting up leftover steak to make
sandwiches for the boys' lunchboxes. The dogs were counting on getting
some scraps. But they had to wait.
Which leads us to the next trick in the repertoire...
in, we put down the scraps of steak and make them literally wait until
we say "Okay." I can't take credit for teaching them this trick, as my
husband is the one with the more twisted sense of humor sometimes. But
it makes for a very impressive trick.
seemed to understand "Out of the Kitchen" pretty quickly, this "Wait"
trick took longer to master. You can see the expression of disbelief on
her face even now - "Are you kidding? You're doing this to me AGAIN?"
But the next trick is even more impressive. And even more cruel...
dog has to sit with the piece of steak on her nose until we say "Okay."
At the signal, she then tosses it into the air and catches it to eat.
If it falls on the floor, she can't eat it and has to try again. This
dog has gotten very good at catching food. Any food. Every time.
Not so much. She can't catch. Or won't catch. She likes to sniff each
piece of food before eating it, as if we were trying to trick her into
eating medicine or something.
Someday maybe she'll
learn to catch. For now I'm just glad she understands "Out" when I ask
her to leave the room, or I'd never get anything done!