ClickerSolutions Training Treasures

To Princess

Dear Princess,

I'm so happy to hear from you. Sounds like you have a great place to live! What a lot of fun you're having, and learning lots of great things to do.

Good luck to you in inventing new games, like touching the soda can. I can tell you have a great mind and that you'll be super at the learning game.

I'm just starting to catch on myself, and sometimes I get very confused. When I want a treat really really bad, I stare at my Mom. She used to give me a treat when I would look at her -- oh, but now I remember, that was when we were outside, getting ready to walk together.

When looking at Mom doesn't work for me indoors, I try to think of something else to do. I tried whining. Still didn't get a treat. So then I decided to bark. I'm an Affenpinscher, and we Affenpinschers don't bark very often, but I was starting to get a little mad. So I barked louder. Mom didn't give me a treat.

I saw that she had my clicker in her hand; maybe it doesn't work any more. So I pushed Mom's hand to try to make it click. Mom just moved her hand. So I decided to try something else. I sat up and I didn't bark. Wow. I got a click and a treat. So I sat up again and I didn't bark again. Yum. That was neat.

Then I ran and got Mr. Squeaky (he's my toy) and brought him to Mom, and I showed her a great thing. I stood up on my hind legs and squeaked my Mr. Squeaky. That did it. I got a click, a treat, and a "Good, Meggie" hug. Do you have a Mr. Squeaky? Why don't you try that with your Mom.

One other thing, if you have to go out really really bad, go over to your Mom and bump her with your nose. Then run to the door and sit. Do not jump up on the door with your feet, or your Mom won't open it to take you out. Sit at the door. That's all you have to do, and your Mom will take you out.

Oh, and one other thing. Even if you're really really hungry, don't eat out of another dog's bowl. No need to thank me. I'm just here to help. So long for now, Princess.

4-year-old Affen

with help from Barbara D. Brill, President
Collie Humane Care, Inc.
Dundee, NY
copyright 1999 Meggie (and Barbara D. Brill)


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