Learning to Make Friends with Traffic Cones

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So, my DOR takes me to the arena to “play”, I like playing so this seems like a good idea. She is leading me around, showing me the toys and I am really happy to see a bunch of stuff to pick up and chew, toss around, and investigate. Do you think she will stop and let me look? Nooooo, she just keeps walking and talking … what the heck, I am seeing all kinds of things I want to get to know.

I know the photo is of the DOR and I riding,
but I wanted you to see the traffic cone
that she wouldn’t let me play with.

I keep looking at things and then looking at the DOR; she just smiles, pats my neck and keeps walking. Geeeze I am talking to you lady, I want to play with that cone I looked at, STOP ALREADY. I snort at a cone as we go by it for the 5th time, I am trying to let it know I might like to be its friend but “merry legs” here won’t slow down. The next thing I know the DOR stopped. I looked at the cone, looked at her and rub her shoulder with my head (rewarding her for stopping) and I turn my attention back to the cone. After about 10 seconds of time to get to know the cone DOR decides that is enough and starts walking again – what the heck? I wasn’t done yet, I hadn’t got to toss it around. HMMMM, how to get her to stand still? We get to the next cone, I snort, she stops, and I get some time to play with the cone. Seems to be a pattern here … I snort, she stops – this is going to be fun. I start snorting at everything and she stops, boy she learns quick. I also taught her to stay at the object as long as I am snorting. We get to a toy, I snort, she stops, I play with the toy and keep snorting, and she just keeps standing there patiently until I quit snorting, and then we move on to the next toy I want to play with.

So, my DOR has the snort command down really well.

I am hopeful that by the end of the summer I will have the DOR responding to my commands to a level that she won’t embarrass me in public.

Enjoy your day, and don’t forget to hug your DOR!