Baylie here. This weekend, all across the country, bragging rights are earned on the college gridiron. I’m talking about college football rivalries on the weekend following Thanksgiving for you doggies who don’t follow college football. Historic, proximity-based rivalries are always renewed over Thanksgiving weekend. It’s when the humans get together to eat copious amounts of junk food and get really loud and obnoxious. I live in the South and in the South, people are down right fanatical when it comes to college football; most notably, the match-up between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn University Tigers in the Iron Bowl. Silly me, I thought they were referring to my metal food bowl when I heard “Iron Bowl“; that is, until the humans explained.
Yes, I admit, I bribe my dog. I have committed the cardinal sin in the dog training world. Cesar Milan and Victoria Stilwell would be appalled at my behavior. I don’t even want to think of the scolding I would get for reinforcing bad behavior in my dog, Baylie. I have no excuse for rewarding Baylie for bad behavior other than I am old, and I just don’t feel like running through the house chasing Baylie with the lid to the margarine container she just stole from the kitchen countertop. Trust me, it’s easier to shout, “treat” accompanied by the rattling of the treat jar to stop the sprint. Recently, I put into play a little reverse psychology. The less interest I show in retrieving an object, the less interested Baylie is to run with it or guard it. I just let her lose interest on her terms. Smart, huh? Plus, I have to admit, it can be quite entertaining at times just seeing what she will get into next.
Baylie here. It was a beautiful day today with temperatures in the low 70’s; perfect day for some quality time with my human at the dog park. My human thinks that it’s all about me when it comes to dog parks, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. She needs the exercise as much as I.
1. I’ll use my “inside” voice when barking indoors
2. I’ll make a conscious effort not to stare at the cat
3. I’ll refrain from pilfering from the cat’s litter box
4. I’ll do my best, but no promises, to stop stealing the cat’s food
5. I’ll refrain from sitting down and refusing to budge when mom and I are on our walks
6. I’ll desperately try to perfect the art of calm greetings with the two-legged creatures
7. I’ll stop hogging the sofa and trying to sleep on mom’s face
8. I’ll stop snatching paper towels off the kitchen counter and eating them
9. I’ll not put up a big fuss when mom gets the crazy urge to play dress-up with me
10. I’ll give mom even more love and slobbery kisses in 2013 than in 2012!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY FRIENDS! WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GOOD HEALTH AND PROSPERITY IN THE NEW YEAR!
XOXOX Baylie Dog