Although I never trained her to do this, my dog learned something very smart. Apparently she taught herself.
If only my dog would teach herself a few other skills.
My Dog Taught Herself To…
avoid getting burning road salt on her paws.
For years I’ve walked dogs who needed me to coax them off the sidewalk so they wouldn’t burn their paws on the corrosive salt used to melt ice and snow. But my dog Honey taught herself.
When we approach a house whose owner covered the walk with salt, Honey steps off the pavement and walks in the nearby snow. All by herself.
What a smart girl. Now if only we could convince her to teach herself a few more things.
If Only My Dog Would Teach Herself To…
Trim her own nails – I can’t tell where the quick begins on her black nails. But she does. By feel.
Smile for the camera – You’d think I have the saddest pup in the world based on my photographs. C’mon, Honey. Smile.
Let herself out – She’s the one with the fur coat. Why should I have to stand in the cold doorway waiting for her to finish peeing? And sniffing. And making snow angels. And…
Bite the bad guys – Hey, I could install a doggie door if I wasn’t worried that some thief would come along to steal my I’ll-flirt-with-anyone dog.
Make dinner – I think everyone would be much happier if, when Honey’s stomach clock went off, she could go downstairs, get her dinner out of the fridge, serve it up in her favorite Kong, and eat it.
Groom her fur – My pup could learn something from the local cats. If your fur is starting to mat on your legs, break it up with your teeth and tongue.
Vacuum – After all, she’s the one leaving the huge balls of fur tumbling over the floor.
Dust – And while you’re at it, Honey, why not put that floofie tail of yours to good use? I bet it would do a great job on the ceiling fan blades.
Write a blog post – On second thought, maybe not. She’d probably write an even longer list of all the things she wants me to teach myself.
Dogs Are Worthless
Let’s face it. Our dogs get food, shelter, and protection without contributing anything to the running of the household.
- make us laugh
- help us exercise
- show their love
- dry our tears with their fur
- keep us company
Oh, I see.
They’ve already taught themselves the skills we need the most.
Your Turn: Has your dog taught himself or herself something clever?