Human Obedience Training 101

It all started the day I adopted my humans.  I was ten weeks old, dozing warmly beside my litter mates when a pair of hands picked me up. The next thing I knew I was the proud owner of a family who needed me to train them.


First they had to learn come on command.  They didn’t know that a bark outside the door meant, “Let me in; I’m lonely.”  But persistence paid off, and eventually they mastered come on command at the first bark, like the intelligent breed I thought they were.


One day my food bowl was empty.  That’s when I realized they were ready for the next step.


“Hey, Fido, what’s the matter?” Man-Human said at the dinner table. I was standing beside his chair with front paws on his knee.


“I need some food!” I whined.  He didn’t get it.  As my human kept munching his sandwich, I started drooling on his leg.  It was time for the snatch and run approach. I jumped up and took a bite out of his sandwich.


Fido! Get over there and eat your own food!” bellowed Man-Human.


Clearly this was going to take some patience. I slunk, uh, slinked, over to my empty dish and stood there, casting mournful eyes his direction.  Next I coughed. It worked. He filled my bowl and gave me the rest of his sandwich.


Now that my humans had learned to reason, we could move to the simple fetch command.


“Mmmfff!” I barked, looking toward my leash. Humans can be so dense sometimes.  Fast wags and hopeful gazes didn’t work. Scratching on the wall beside the door DID work, and I rewarded my human by allowing him to walk me around the block.


Those are the basics of human obedience training that work with most breeds of people.


One last caution: Never allow humans to get the upper hand.  Insist on instant obedience and you will live a long and happy life.


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