- Lesson from Sugi: some dogs like to go for a drive even if there’s no destination
- Sugi says: “please take me with you!”
Recently, Sugi has been protesting my going out without him. Sometimes he runs downstairs as I’m getting ready to leave. He will follow me to the back door even though I explain to him that I have to go out and he has to stay home! I tried an experiment and asked him if he wanted to come with me while I was getting ready to drive around doing errands. He was very enthusiastic about this. (Tom wanted to stay home). While driving, Sugi purred and sighed with contentment behind me! When I made my stops, I left Sugi in the car and told him I’d return shortly. He didn’t get out of the car again until we got home. He seemed perfectly fine with this and told me he was grateful to have accompanied me for those few hours. In fact, he seemed to gloat a bit when he got home and greeted Tom. I think he felt like he got some special treatment!
- Lesson from Tom: dogs love games involving scent
- Tom says: “The sniff test is one of my favorite things to do!”
Since Tom was a pup he has loved playing the sniff test! I put him in the washroom to wait while I lay treats around the house: under rugs, in hard to reach places, on top of chairs, etc. I then let him out and this game keeps him busy for at least 30 min. He finds it rewarding, not only because he’s food obsessed, but because he enjoys the challenge. He has a good nose too!