Luckily, we have a secret trick to help calm down dogs who, like Dora, are living tornados.
It’s called belly rubs.
But Wickson didn’t used to understand belly rubs. He used to be so excitable that he would never chill out enough to let someone touch his belly. He’d roll on the ground and then bounce back to his feet immediately. And then knock his face into your skull—with love, of course.
So I bet you can guess my current training goal for her.
Yup! I am trying to teach her to get belly rubs.
In other words, to relax enough to enjoy it. Then we’ll be able to use belly rubs to help her chill out when it’s time to put on booties, clip toenails, go to the vet, etc.
Most importantly, we’ll just have a nice time together.
Anyway, it was hot this afternoon. The dogs learn pretty quickly that the space under their dog houses stays cool, no matter how warm it is, so Dora alternated between running around, cooling off under a house, and running around some more.
This seemed like a good opportunity for snuggles, so I tried to crawl under there with them. I didn’t quite fit, but it was nice and cool and we got to do some semi-calm petting. Step 1 toward accomplishing belly rubs!
(I just had to go outside to investigate barking, it was Colbert barking at Zagat because apparently Zagat hid a salmon yesterday after the Meat Parade and just pulled it out so he could flaunt it to all the other dogs)
It didn’t last long before she bounced to her feet again, but it was a start. Our first remedial belly rubs class was complete.
My predictions for this girl? She’s a force to be reckoned with. Just like Wickson last year, her biggest challenge will be learning to point her energy in a single direction. After that, she’ll be unstoppable.
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