I like to reward Cali and Koala when they are especially helpful or face down a challenge. For example, Cali gets a cookie for bringing in the paper in the morning; Koala gets one for picking up the breakfast dishes. On our walks, we pass several yards with loud, aggressive dogs. If our girls walk by without reacting or pulling on the leash, they get a cookie.
But they don’t get free cookies just for being cute.
Koala especially seems to think she should. If she knows I have treats in my pocket — or have had treats in a pocket at some point in the past, oh, lifetime or so, she knows it. And wants one.
She sits in front of me an fixes those big, dark eyes on me. She does her mind meld. Sometimes she badly miscalculates and she whines. Or she nudges my pocket. Over and over. Harder and harder. The whining and repeated nudging are met with a very sharp rebuke.
Cali is more subtle. She’ll sidle up next to me as I am working and verrryyyy gently, almost imperceptibly, touch me. Sometimes I am not even sure I really felt it. Then I look down and see a hopeful face.
Those big brown eyes are hard to resist. But that nudging and begging. No! I am not a Pez dispenser or a gumball machine. You cannot just push a magic button on my leg and get a treat!
Cali and Koala get plenty of earned rewards. They also eat very well, between their top-quality regular meals, their puppy lunch and snuffle breaks, and their nighttime snack of kefir and a cookie. I don’t know where they got the idea that they can also have snacks on demand but … it’s not going to happen.
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That’s adorable and skilled for a pup to bring in the newspaper
Cali’s pretty good at it, but sometimes she still puts her paw on the paper to keep it in place while she grabs it … and then rips it a bit. We’re working on “no paw.” She heads right to the front door in the morning to look for the paper, though (and then right to the kitchen to ask for her cookie payment!).
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Awww she rips it. Cute. Such an intelligent pup
Great blog!!! I must have someone related to Koala and Cali! I get the minor, almost imperceptible, nudges too. And the “I’m so hungry!!!!” eyes must be a begging-gene more than a trait because Jaxson has it too. Hmmmm….I wonder if I could do that?!?
The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears. Minoass proverb
Works better for dogs …
I’d break down and give those soulful eyes a cookie, for sure!