What Do You Do For Your Pet That You Would Never Admit to?
I read a lot, and a lot of my time is spent reading various articles and blogs online. I enjoy reading, and its one way I stay up to date on training, veterinary medicine and other issues. Because of my veterinary technician background I tend to really like the ones that revolve around vet medicine. Usually I don’t steal ideas or write similar articles, typically I just like sharing them on twitter and educating myself about what is going on in the dog training and vet world.
But, today…I have to steal/share the article I recently read. It went on to ask what is the most embarrassing thing you do to, with or for your pet…that you would never admit to if asked? We all have things we do that we would be too humiliated to admit to, especially in large groups. But since the internet adds anonymity, I figured some of you might enjoy sharing.
I suppose it has to start with me and having worked with dogs for almost 20 years I have plenty of stories and situations to that I have tried to forget. Someday I will share my most embarrassing public dog training moments. But for this article let’s stick to the things I do for my pet that most people wouldn’t suspect.
The first, which I have admitted to before is: I let my dogs (that don’t have dominance or issues challenging me) sleep on the bed and get on the furniture. I spend a large amount of every day vacuuming dog hair, dusting and swifering but I don’t care. I even relish spooning with Nix when my husband is away J
I also must admit to getting super goofy when training. It’s mortifying really, but while playing hide and seek and teaching my dogs to come and find me…I have hidden; in their crate, in the bathtub, in a storage bin and in cabinets that are just big enough to fit me.
Typically I prefer engaging in this behavior solo because I don’t need the giggles and stares of family members…but I truly believe that dogs have a sense of humor. Maybe it is because I think it is funny and they can see it in my demeanor, but my dogs always have the silliest look when they find me in entertaining places.
I also confess I really never have any alone time. When I shower, I am usually accompanied into the bathroom by 3 dogs and a cat, and we have a SMALL bathroom. AND, if I take a bath…my cat wanders out onto my body, lays down, and plays in the water. I am an island, but it is never a lonely one.
As a matter of fact one day last December I asked my cat out loud “Do you want to take a bath with me?” and I guess my stepson was within ear shot because he shrieked in horror. I assured him I was speaking to my bath buddy, the cat. I know it’s silly, but I kinda like when she does it. She even enjoys dipping her tail in the warm water and then flying around when she jumps out and it showers her on the head.
When Snitch, my late Malinois, was a puppy he use to drop his ball into my bath water so that I would throw it for him. It got to the point that I couldn’t do anything in there without a ball dropping on my face, so one night I figured I would no longer retrieve it from the water for him. As the “masterful” dog trainer I figured he would struggle to reach the ball and then give up and stop bugging me. What I didn’t expect was for all 80 pounds of him to pounce me in the bathtub. Not only did he join me, he happily laid down in the water on top me. It was suppose to be a relaxing just before bed soak, that ended up turning into a really wet night!
Dogs are wonderful! And, admittedly I have done all kinds of things to entertain them and love them over the years. I don’t mind being silly, making mistakes or falling short because dogs never judge. Dogs love unconditionally and most often they are my best friends!
So tell me your stories, or what you do for your dog that you would never admit, even to your family! Whats a few giggles amongst friends?
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.