White Dog beamed with pride as Quinn brought his first "trade" to me for a treat. As many of you know, White Dog is a master entrepreneur--bringing sticks, and rocks, and bits of "stuff" she finds to me in exchange for a treat. She has even learned to take a branch or large piece of cardboard and to tear it into smaller pieces in order to stretch her "inventory." She will steal back an already traded trade and try to retrade. We have found future trades stashed in her corner, under Steve's pillow, just outside on the deck. But these are higher order business maneuvers; meant for later in Quinn's training.
The Other White Dog has watched his sister operate and has enviously eyed her payment. He was puzzled at first why she received a treat on these occasions but he didn't (even if he was sitting nicely). White Dog has brought in stalks of weeds and left one at her brother's side as she carried another over to Steve to demonstrate how the deal works. "Take thing to mom or dad...offer it to them or just drop it at their feet...get a treat!"
Friday, after White Dog successfully completed a trade for a treat, Quinn scooped up a dust bunny and pranced over to me. He proudly held it out as he bumped his head against my hand indicating that I should take it. White Dog sat up on the couch and observed his form and style. When I said, "Quinn, do you want to trade for a treat?" He looked at the treat bag and pushed his head against me again. I took the trade and gave him a treat. TOWD for a second looked surprised at how easy the process worked but quickly put on the proudest happiest Eskie smile ever.
I could not resist calling both teacher and successful student to sit in front of me so that I could reward their efforts with praise, pets, and of course, more treats!
P.S. Quinn is very concerned about his special friend. We fear that Milo may have indeed done some internal damage during her fall the other day. Please send woofs and purrs and positive healing energy her way. We are talking to our vet and watching the situation.