- 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 can learn directions to go right or left
- Tom says: “I like to follow directions”
When we’re out walking in the dog walking dog style or off-leash, I often use commands to tell Tom which direction to take. For about a year we have been training Tom to understand the command “to the right!” At first, he would look at us after we said this and we would point in the direction of right. He then began to understand the command in relation to direction. Tom progressed to understand the command without him having to look at me. He has now mastered the “to the right” command and is almost flawless with “to the left”!