The humans call it training but any dog worth his bark knows better. Bribery is what it is. We give them what they want in return for a little reward.
It's a system that usually works very well. As I have written here previously, I have been handsomely paid in dog biscuits for doing things I like but waiting for Mum to tell me to do it first.
As with so much in life, however, given enough ointment, there has to be a fly. Mum and I are going to try to be a Pets as Therapy team. This means I will be going to visit children and other people with Mum and they will (of course !!) be delighted to see me.
First, though, I have to do some training. Now I am well and truly puzzled at this. It is my experience that everyone is delighted to see me wherever I go, so why I suddenly have to learn things in order to meet people I'm sure I don't know.
I have to bark less. I have to stay and sit and not jump up. Oh yes and bark less. Mum is looking forward to taking me to school when I have learned all of this. I already know how to do all of these things but I have to prove it now. With generous treat bonuses.
I still like to bark though and I am prepared to throw in a few free barks fairly regularly without biscuit payment.
But here is the thing. I thought children went to school to learn things. Yet I am the one getting lessons and having to do all this work.
It's a case of sitting up and paying attention. But I don't really mind. I'm the teacher's pet.