- To begin, make sure and start jingling the collar tags at least ten minutes before the alarm is supposed to go off (more is better). This is extra important on weekends when, for some reason, the alarm doesn't go off.
- Next when the man sits down to put on his shoes, make sure and get in the way as much as possible. If not, he might forget that you're there.
- Remind him where the cookies are kept. Eat cookies.
- Sit with man on sofa while weather is being watched. If he seems about to find out what the weather is going to be for the day, roll over and start kicking legs wildly to knock remote from his hand.
- When man gets up, make sure he remembers that you're supposed to get a treat before he gets on the treadmill. Make sure he remembers where cookies are kept.
- Stare through window at the man as he walks on treadmill. Make sure to give him the look that says, you know this walk is wasted. There's no sniffing.
- Once the treadmill stops make sure and greet the man, and remind him that neither of you have had breakfast yet.
- Show him where the cookies are kept.
- Stare at the man while breakfast is being eaten to remind him how good eggs are for dogs. Mmmm. Eggs.
- After breakfast, remind him that he's supposed to go into that room and stare blankly at that screen and make little clicking noises.
- If he stares at the screen for more than a few minutes, go get tugging towel and make sure he doesn't have any reason to type "All work and no play..."
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Moonpi and the Morning Routine
Moonpi is a dog. He's a dog that moved in here several months ago, and is here at this house legally. He's got papers to prove it. And over the past several months he has trained me for his preferred morning routine. Here's a typical morning for him.