I just got another new chewy, but this one is really different. And I’m embarrassed to say, I lost it. But you should have smelled it when it came out of the bag: CHEEZY! That’s right, dawgs. It looks & smells like a huge chunk of cheese, ‘cuz IT IS! I was so excited I couldn’t even stay in a sit to get it. But that’s not the worst of it. Once I did get it, I tried to bury it because I couldn’t eat it all @ once. That didn’t work. So I stared @ it…. and stared @ it. Dawgs, I was tense, watching my humans out of the corner of my eye to make sure they didn’t touch my cheese.
Fortunately, “mom” knew just what to do. She didn’t get upset with me; I was already upset enough. Instead, she showed me that no one was going to take the chewy away and that I didn’t have to hide it just because I couldn’t eat it right away. We played a great game: She got bits of boiled chicken breast (yum!) and asked me to sit/stay. As I watched, she put several bits on the floor, then released me to go “find” them. I had to move away from the chewy to do it, and I was happy to! When I came back, she had the chewy in her hand. She asked me to sit again, and then gave it back to me! So cool! We did this a couple more times. Then, she had me sit while she touched the chewy on the floor next to us. If I looked @ her on my own, instead of the chewy, I got surprise chicken! Then, she picked it up. But I didn’t really care because I just wanted to look @ her for more chicken. We played the game in a few spots in the house, and then I didn’t care about guarding the chewy anymore. And that was a relief!
Words of wisdom: My mom’s a professional trainer who uses dog friendly training techniques. If you’re tense over a chewy, have your humans call a qualified trainer with experience helping aggressive dogs. There are some folks out there who think dogs should be hurt when trained. Ouch! That’s sad & scary.
So while you’re enjoying cheese & crackers over the holidays, I’ll be relaxing with my cheezy Himalayan chew. It’s long lasting, and it’s healthy; it’s super low in fat & salt, and it’s packed with protein. And, I’m proud to say, I can take it or leave it.
It’s OK with me if someone moves my cheese! ~Rusty~