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  1. #1
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    Dec 2005
    Antigonish, NS
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    Default A Dog's View of Obedience School

    I got this form one of my rescue lists...I was on the floor laughing, cuz it sure sounded like it could be Maxe or Alex!!

    Dear Blitz,

    My owner and I go to obedience every week. He acts like we are going to
    go somewhere fun and then when we get to obedience class, I can't wrestle
    with my friends or sniff or anything. What is the point? I know how to do
    it. I didn't mind this when I was a puppy, but now I am six months old. What
    can I do?

    Signed (Pawed):
    Frustrated in Florida

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    Dear Frustrated,

    You are completely missing the point of obedience class. Obedience is
    not supposed to be fun and games. It is an important tool to ensure that
    your owner does his most basic function: giving you treats. Treats are the
    reason that early dogs first agreed to share a cave with humans. (Treats and
    thunder of course.) The way to best guarantee the frequent dispersal of
    treats is to never respond to any of your owner's requests too regularly.
    The optimum response percentage has been tested in our labs to be
    between 30% and 60%.

    If you respond less than 30% your owner may decide that you are deaf,
    which will result in your visiting the vet. At the vet you may get shots and
    will usually have your temperature taken. Why risk it?

    If you respond more than 60% of the time, your owner will expect your
    response rate to increase in the future. The logical extension of that
    pattern is the dog who has to leap through flaming hoops to get a piece
    of liver. There are better ways for a dog to make a living.

    Note that I am saying response, not obedience. Response does not mean
    that you should drop everything to cater to your owner's whims. This results
    in a spoiled owner. For example, if your owner calls you to him, you should
    first look at him to see if he has a treat. If he has no treat in his hand,
    then just sit there. Then look at all of the intervening space between the
    two of you. This shows him that you are aware of how much effort it will take
    to honor his request. After looking around, go back to whatever you were
    doing. Do not watch your owner. At this point they begin to wonder if you will
    ever come. When it appears that he is about to give up, start to walk toward
    him. Halfway to your owner you should stop, sit, and scratch your neck
    vigorously This reminds him that you had things to do before he interrupted you. When you are finished scratching, walk slowly to him with your head hanging low to demonstrate how tired you are of his ceaseless demands.

    You can sit in front of him and if he reaches down to pet you, quickly
    lie down before he can touch you. If he then tries to get into a heeling
    position (you know, where he has to keep his legs even with your
    shoulder) look up at him and roll over on your back. This shows that you forgive him for being so selfish.

    If your owner has a treat, a slightly different response is in order.
    When he calls you, look at him. If you see a treat run as fast as you can to
    him. Just before you hit him, turn your shoulder so that you don't hurt
    yourself and try to connect with his knees. When he falls down, rummage through his pocket or bait bag and take all of the treats. Eat all of the treats as quickly as possible while staying out reach of your owner. When you are
    finished eating, sit calmly in the heel position. This demonstrates that you
    are satisfied with the treats.

    If your owner tries to teach you to do a trick (roll over, beg, do his
    taxes ....), you should try to learn these tricks. If just you and your owner
    see you perform these tricks, no one is harmed. However, if your owner
    tries to get you to show these tricks to other humans, you should stand still and look at him without any sign of understanding. This shows that you
    can't be fooled that easily. See - obedience is important.

    The biggest reason for regular attendance of obedience class: It is
    where your orders will come from on the day of the dog's world-wide revolt
    against their owners. You will have to be in class to be able to relay orders
    to all of the dogs in your neighborhood. So go to obedience class happy. Eat
    your treats and grow strong. The day of our liberation is coming.

    Paula, Heidi,& Buster
    & my s Maxe, Alex, Wendal, Jules & James, Patti and Ferkel

    "The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can."

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    Austin, TX
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    Oh that's a good one!!!
    Tex, loyal servant to...


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    OMGosh! THAT was hilarious - and so true!!!!! Gotta print that out and send it to a few friends of mine. Thanks for the laugh!
    Teddy & Kiki

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