Vernon had a Health Fair today. I started out at the table for the Vernon Trails system and had a lovely discussion with the Scott and a lovely older woman. I expressed my desire for dog friendly trails where my sweeties could run off leash.
I was excited to attend the fair as there were a number of workshops I wanted to participate in. One of these workshops was “Creating a Bridge Between People and Animal” by Deborah Ravenwood. If you haven’t guessed it; the workshop was about communicating with your animals. By taking this workshop I discovered that a lot of the communication is really just speaking to your pet and trying to envision communicating your message.
When I got home I had a few chores to take care of before I could leave to take the dogs on their walk. One of the tasks was cutting up and packaging the dogs raw meat for the week, naturally I had two very interested onlookers. Sampson is very good (of course) and usually lies somewhere in the kitchen or right outside, Delilah on the other hand likes to be right at my heels; licking the floors and cabinets and waiting for me to drop something. I decided I would try my new-found communications skills.
I walked Delilah over to the edge of the kitchen and said, “Delilah, I promise if you sit here until I am finished, I will let you lick the spoon.” Then I walked back to the task at hand. Five minutes later, she was STILL sitting there! I was finished and so I let her lick the spoon. OMG!
I tried this again while I was doing dishes. I brought her to the same spot and said, “Delilah if you sit here until I am done with the dishes, I will give you a cookie.” She sat for a minute and then moved over into the spot that Sampson usually occupies, but she sat until I was done. (Except for a quick relapse when I opened the cabinet to throw out the garbage, she rose and I said, “AICK” and she sat back down.)
She sat until I was done and then I gave her three green beans! Of course when I left the kitchen she went in and licked the floor, cabinets and oven.