It All Depends On How You Ask The Question.

I have three dogs. One is a good sized mixed breed who is getting on in years (13). The other two are small breeds who are about two years old. All of the dogs I’ve had through out my life have always stayed (adequate shelter provided) and enjoyed being outside.

With the addition of the two younger dogs, so began a new experience with small breeds who are not as tough when it comes to outside weather elements. With these two I had to invest in a metal crate so that they could be brought into the house during the cold winter months. They aren’t the best trained dogs, but they do alright.

So this morning I let them out for about an hour. They started running to the door and when I went outside they decided to come in. I put them into their crate and they proceeded to go to sleep. They were quiet for a couple of hours but then started moving around and stretching in the crate. I went over to check on them and they were just sitting there looking at me. I said to them (yes, I talk to my dogs), “do you want to go outside?”, as if they can answer me back. They both just kind of looked at me with a blank expression. Then I said, “do you want to pee?”, and the response was instant. One jumped up from her lying position and the other started head butting the crate door.

So to reiterate, it all depends on how you ask the question.

10 thoughts on “It All Depends On How You Ask The Question.

  1. Know where you’re coming from. ‘Wee- wees for Mummy’ usually work, though perhaps not so well for Hubby. IMO Dogs latch on to tone too. Maggie is an inside dog, though she loves her walks, even if she is getting on a bit (14 a couple of weeks ago).
    My sister has always taken her dogs to training classes, as did a friend in later years. Both were having problems with recall, the ‘Come’ command not working. Once, my sister’s dog was more interested in chasing a squirrel and another time, our friend’d dog a rabbit in a field. Maggie loves the chase of both (and pheasant) but we simply said ‘Maggie, here!’ and she was at our feet immediately watching the frantic antics of arm waving, yells and frustrations of the other owners. I was SO proud!

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    • I had a rescue dog once like Maggie. He was a St. Bernard named George. Such a beautiful and extremely obedient dog. He understood some sign language too. The dog I have now would be more like your sister’s. 😛

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      • We used certain signals for Maggie as a pup as she loved to explore the forests and open spaces. She remembers them too, so once we manage to get her attention, we can ‘call her in’. It helps if we’re weaaring our yellow coats though as she can see us, even if we are a blur. She was having fun on the beach one day but couldn’t find me as I was wearing my grey fleece which blended in with about 100 other people. She got quite anxious, so we’re more careful now.

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      • We had our suspicions last year so made up the DEAF stencil for her yelow fluorescent jacket. It was more to make people aware that she wasn’t disobedient by not responding to our calls, but the fact she couldn’t hear us. The response has been brilliant, and cyclists have been giving her plenty of space rather than ringing bells which are actually quite useless in warning her.

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      • What an excellent idea. I wish I could do that with my son. For practicality’s sake, it could actually save his life. However, the stigma at literally labelling a human being, unfortunately, outweighs the logic. :/

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