new dog teaches old man a trick or two

When “NO” Is a ‘Maybe’

Sometimes NO! is just a “nooo…oh.” Not every obedience command need be a thunderous apocalyptic negative.

St. John The Revelator, I ain’t.

I can really only think of two absolute commands that should be instantly obeyed: Komm and Platz. ‘Come’ might prevent Tzuri from being ambushed by a ill-tempered swamp-ape, and a well-timed ‘down’ might lessen her chance of getting flattened by an unrepentant dump truck.

Climbing up on furniture? That’s a mini “no-no”. For some obscure reason I thought it would be fun making a game out of shooing her off the couch.

Let her jump up to explore,

tussle with her a bit,

then gently usher her back down.

After all, I’m an enlightened ‘new-age’ disciplinarian; no need to traumatize a youngin’.

Unfortunately, Tzuri – who can easily leap up on sofas and coffee tables in a single bound – prefers to slyly make up her own rules.

“It’s okay just this far, isn’t it?”

tzuri on couch

“Besides – I’m so cute when I pose for you!”

tzuri on couch

“You want me to get way back down THERE?”

tzuri on couch

“Maybe when he’s not looking I’ll just scoot one back leg up at a time.”

tzuri on couch

What saved my brilliant training skills from utter disaster was when Tzuri dropped her toy and had to climb back down to retrieve it.  Whew, lucky me!

🙂 🙂 🙂

To be continued…

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