A really common one is ‘SIT’. We all know what it means but in case there are a few humans reading this, let me demonstrate :
Let me explain.
If I’m in the park and there are no dogs to play with and the squirrels are in hiding and it’s raining and Mum says ‘HERE’ I hear her and head on over for roasted liver treat and an ear fondle and maybe a ball throw. She tells me I am the best dog in the world.
However if :
- I am on the scent of this Class A Amazing Smelly Stuff that the park rangers put down on the football pitches to help the grass grow
- And it’s totally fresh because they only did it this morning.
- And it’s gone into these cute little cracks in the ground that the tractor has made.
- And I can get my nose right in to sniff it but can’t actually get the Amazing Smelly Stuff out.
- And it has been spread over the whole of two football pitches.
- And there are concentrated blobs of Class A Amazing Smelly Stuff heaven at the corners of the football field where the tractor turned round
Then this is what happens :
I don’t hear ‘HERE’ because I know Mum doesn’t mean ‘HERE’ she means ‘You are going on the lead and I am taking you home.’ But I only want ClassA Amazing Smelly Stuff so there is no way I am going near her.
Even if she tries sending another dog to distract me, I’m not interested. I want that Amazing Smelly Stuff and nothing else. It doesn’t matter how many times she shout’s ‘HERE’ – I’m not here-ing/hearing.
That’s what happened last week and Mum was cross with me.
This week I have been confined to the lead. Mum keeps saying ‘HERE’ to me and giving me a treat.
Of course I can hear her. She’s right next to me at the other end of the lead and the ClassA Amazing Smelly Stuff has gone now. So I gobble up my treats and look cute and hope that she will let me off the lead soon, because I really need to stretch my legs.