Mr. N is a dog that likes being good. I swear he preens when another dog is being “bad” and he is
“good.” If one of his friends has to go back on leash and he is still off-leash, he prances about expressively and flouts his freedom.
He very rarely loses his off-leash privileges but I had to leash him one time on the beach because he was obsessed with trying to play with this one dog on a flexi-leash. After he disregarded his second warning, he went on the leash. After a decent amount of distance away from the dog, I un-leashed him. He kept looking back at me and checking to see if it was OK to walk ahead. He does not enjoy being “bad.”
I think part of it is he likes law and order and the other part that he is a total mama’s boy and wants to stay in my good graces. This isn’t to say he is never naughty but he does try very hard to be good.
When canine visitors enter our kitchen, he disapproves. He is not allowed in there unless expressly invited. Even if other dogs are in the kitchen looking for crumbs or sniffing the treat bin, he never joins them. If I drop a treat by mistake, he’ll wait to see if I really meant to give it to him.
He also believes that good behavior should be rewarded and appropriately. Sometimes after reactivity training (which is probably the hardest for him), we’ll pass by a dog and I’ll dole out a treat for not reacting. And he’ll look at me as if to say, that was really, really hard. That dog was talking smack about me and I didn’t even say anything back! I think I deserve more treats. Most of the time, I’ll agree with him and treat him to his satisfaction.
Whereas our foster pup could care less about human approval or rules if it conflicted with what he wanted. He was always trying to sneak into the kitchen. And he stole food out of Mr. N’s mouth. Literally. Mr. N was aghast at his behavior and would run and tattle. We used to call them Goofus and Gallant.
Is your dog a rule follower or a rebel?
|Mr. N says he has done his part. Treat now please?|