I was returning home from a lovely walk with the female biped. It was one of those warm days we’ve had that have been a pleasant surprise in between the cold and wet days. I was walking really close to her, so close that my shoulder was in contact with her leg as we walked. We decided to take the shortcut across the playing field. There was no one else there as it was a weekday.
The biped glanced down and stopped in her tracks. I also stopped. She was wearing pale, stone-coloured trousers, a very wise choice of colour when I’m shedding so much hair! But she had seen a wide stripe of bright pink stuff across the front of the leg nearest me.
She exclaimed, “How did that get there? It looks like ice cream! But where did it come from?”
I decided that I would take advantage of her standing around chatting to herself to make the most of my find. I slurped loudly as I tilted my head back to allow the ice cream cone I’d picked up to slide into my mouth, along with its contents. One crunch and it was gone! The slurping nose attracted her attention, just in time for her to see the ice cream disappear. She didn’t look pleased!
She wanted to know, “Where was that? How did you manage to pick it up without even breaking step?”
She reminded me that I know better than to pick up and eat things I find. I do, but it was too tempting. It was calling to me to eat it. She also called me sneaky – I think that was a bit harsh!
Later in the day she announced that we were going back to basics with certain parts of my training. I had to show that I can “leave it” when I see something tempting. Of course I can! She also wanted me to demonstrate that I can “drop it” if I have something in my mouth. I didn’t think it wise to mention that neither of these commands would help when she was too slow to see the ice cream in the first place!
She must have read my mind because the very next day she put the next part of her plan into action. The good news is she took me to where there are some very smelly bins overflowing with the most delectable items. The bad news is that, in order to get a treat or a fuss, I had to feign indifference to the bins. I don’t find this particularly difficult and I enjoy the opportunity to earn extra treats.
I suspect I’m going to have to demonstrate my ability to resist some very tasty items over the coming weeks. I also suspect that the bipeds are going to be watching me even more carefully than usual, so I’m unlikely to get the chance to pick anything else up for quite a while. They keep saying how worrying it is that I could pick something up and eat it so quickly and that it isn’t safe for dogs to do that.
I’m going to need some lovely long walks to work off the extra treats I’m earning, as the bipeds have said that they are going to take some convincing that I’m not continually on the lookout for contraband to eat. This extra training could take a while!
Have you ever eaten something when you knew you shouldn’t?
See you next Wednesday!