I have noticed that when I give Shelby a command that she doesn't really want to hear, that she will usually "stretch" before doing it. This is obviously a stalling technique on her part. Really, it is ... I can see it in her eyes. She's obedient, but in a humble-my-trainer kinda way. Anyone else notice this behavior (or did she pick it up from my DH :P)?
Yep, she is stalling! So funny! Angus is not much of a staller. Especially if there's an off-chance food might be involved, you could not ask for a quicker snap-to of attention. But Simon, there's my staller. He has lately decided that he doesn't want to get in the car. If he gets a mind not to do something, he will turn his head as far as he can in the other direction. "If I don't see you, you don't see me..." :
Connie and "The Boys":
Angus, Yellow Lab, CGC, RE, CD
Simon, d.b.a. Flat Coated Retriever, CGC, RE, CD
Gone ahead, but forever in my heart:
Crash, Pit Bull x Rottweiler x Golden Retriever
Rush can be a staller. When I tell her to do something and she really wants to do something else, she'll pretend she sees something on the floor, or on the wall, she has even looked up at the ceiling as if to say huh??? you talking to me??? Then when given the command a 2nd time she'll reluctantly do it but boy you know she's doing you a favor! :
I'm familiar. It happens when Billie doesn't want to lie down when she's told to back off from the table when we're eating. Or when she's told to lie down to chill out when we're watching a movie.
Basically any time she's told to lie down and she doesn't want to...we get the streeeettttcchchhhh sometimes accompanied by the screeching yawn.
Sundance does this to stall, too. And he apparently thinks if he's not looking at me, I'll think he can't hear him either. : Silly.If he gets a mind not to do something, he will turn his head as far as he can in the other direction. "If I don't see you, you don't see me..."
Laura, mom of Sundance, CGC
Wesley suffers from "Phantom Flea" Syndrome. He'll be set for a recall, and just as I'm about to get him to start, he'll reach forward with that back leg behind the ear and scratch-scratch-scratch....
"I'll be with you in just a sec, Dad...."
it's dog language for "i prefer not to..." ;D
my favorite: dog looks left. dog looks right. dog looks straight ahead. "who me? you want me to do that?"
"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend." ~ Corey Ford
Yep. Theo has a wide repertoire. Scratching (imaginary flea). Sniffing (imaginary pee). Stretching (imaginary nap).Originally Posted by luke from georgia
Mine aren't that sophisticated. But when I ask Toby for a "down" and he doesn't want to do it, and is not his favorite in any case, he slooooowwwwlllllyyy deflates to the lying from the sitting position, like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon that's sprung a slow leak.
And both of them are champions at the big-heavy-heave-SIGH when they feel left out / ignored / put-upon. Makes me laugh every time.
Toby and Chamois say: GO STEELERS!
Bartleby the Labrador.Originally Posted by luke from georgia