June 18, 2010

White Dog watched the impending battle of wills with great interest. Quinn has seemingly forgotten that he must sit in order to get treats; he wants them but refuses to sit as he repeatedly noses your hand. Michael understands that if he gives in and hands The Other White Dog yummies just because Quinn demands them that he will never listen to the command. "Because he knows if he just waits until I am tired of saying 'sit' that he wins," Michael summarized. White Dog nodded her agreement and Michael continued to hold the treat out while repeating, "Quinn, sit!" Stubborn Quinn bumped Michael's arm but wouldn't sit...Michael held firm...TOWD backed up as though he was going to sit but at the last minute walked off; only to return seconds later...Michael stayed calm and repeated his request. White Dog hopped down from the sofa and demonstrated the proper manners...and Michael rewarded her while suggesting to Quinn that he follow White Dog's lead. For nearly 15 minutes neither refused to give up their stance. Finally, Quinn sank to his haunches. Michael immediately gave him the treat and lavished him with "Good Boy!" Michael gave the stay signal as he reached for another treat. This time Quinn complied and was rewarded..."I sure hope he remembers this," Michael said, "I hate to think that it will take this long every time we give him a treat!" "Amen, brother," said White Dog!


Prinnie,Digby and Atka said...

Siku, it's because he is a BOY! BOYZ are crazy like that. They say we girls have attitude, but just ask them to do something, and it's as if they've forgotten how to do the simplest of things. It might also be because he doesn't have a BFF yet - can I nominate my brother and Dragon - they can have their three-pack of boydom!

Stay strong, my BFF!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I khan only imagine the frustration - snikhker!

Thanks fur sharing the image!


I'm so flattered and honoured and woo'less!


Jacqueline said...

Yeah, girls rule, it must be a boy thing!!MOL...kisses x3 beautiful friends...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Teddy Bear said...

Quinn sounds a lot like Sierra.:) Way to go, Quinn and Michael!:)

Teddy Bear

Cappy the Eskie said...

What admirable patience and perseverance Michael has with training Quinn! Mom gives in too easily ~~ that’s why Ollie sometimes runs amuck. A treat is the ONLY thing he’ll sit for – forget *Stay*. He never comes when called – sometimes it takes a flashlight search at night just to find him. The backyard sprinklers have to be turned on to flush him out.

It must be the fault of the teacher - it's so hard to get good help these days.

Hugs and yips,

Maxie said...

Michael is a furry good trainor. My mom says boys can be easy to train with the right motivation.


Brian said...

Oh I think he is just pushing the bounds...boys know how it really is done!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Patience works wonders and Michael will be very surprised at how quickly Quinn catches on once he knows that Michael won't cave.

Happy weekend.

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