1/11/03 – 1/5/17
”Mom told me that we were going to obedience school. I did not think we needed to do such a thing. Mom is bigger than me. We went to school. Teacher asked our human parents to have us dogs stand in a row. I did not want to stand in a row. I wanted to walk around — which I did – barking the whole time. Mom was not smiling. That is when I found out I was expected to pay attention. This did not please me. Teacher then asked the dog next to me to come to her. When he did so, Teacher gave him a treat. Dang! I did not know school meant treats so I marched myself right up to Teacher for a biscuit of my own. She did not give me one. I stared straight into her eyes and barked–loud. She said, “Maxine. Quiet!” I smelled something good in her hand so I stopped barking. She gave me a treat and told me I was a good girl. I told her I wanted more. Again she said, “Maxine. Quiet!” I shut my mouth so my head would not bounce up and down from barking and I could better see if she had something else for me. Because I hushed, I got another treat! I think I am better at paying attention to Teacher than Mom is. She did not get even one biscuit during our whole school time.”
Take note of what gets you what you want.