So a lot of thought went into Luna’s name… none of the adjectives, personality, appearance words I looked up to help find a name for her seemed quite right. Just when I gave up and thought I would never come up with a good name I ran across “Luna” and it just worked ( my brain works in weird ways, I realize it means “moon” ). Anyway I’m starting to think I might have left out an adjective in my original search… “clever”. (and why is it that I can’t think of a good rhyme word for that one to tag onto the end and make into a nickname)
Sometimes I think Luna acts goofy/dramatic/silly just to cover up how clever she really is. When I’m trying to teach her a new trick she often gets all dramatic on me barking etc rather than being quiet and thinking it out, which is often cute but sometimes frustrating. She also will throw herself on the floor and pout when she is not getting something. I’m serious, she does that. That’s why it was rather easy to teach her to “play dead” I just targeted the pouting she already did often. Granted she does not like to pout on command (AKA play dead) so she will fight even that and bark and whine at me on her way down, which sometimes actually works out well as it’s the right sort of drama for a dying dog. Right? Anyway she is not fooling anyone around here, I’ve been on to her from the get go. That does not mean I have learned any sure fire ways around it when asking her to do something, I’m still learning all that. But she is not fooling anyone with how clever she is.
Case in point, and the motivation for this post, she gave me a blatant example of it today when she was playing with a juice bottle I put treats in. It’s been raining off and on all day here and the dogs got antsy towards hour 8 or so of laying around. So I grabbed up the treat puzzle ball and an empty big juice jug. I broke up some treats and kibble and set them on the floor for the pups. This really does not entertain them long, but the bottle being as big as it was challenged Luna a little bit. She knows she has to toss and kick it around to get treats out, but she wanted to make sure she couldn’t chew her way into it, so up onto the dog chair she went. Her plastic airline crate is wedged between the arm of the dog chair and the arm of the couch and the grates on the side line up just above the arms of each. Anyway she took the bottle up there and was throwing it around and must have knocked treats into her crate. Most dogs would have stayed at that side of the crate and tried to paw their way in (or just whined)… but not Luna. She hopped off the chair, and went around to the front of the crate and pawed at the crate door. I didn’t think any treats had fallen through the grates, but sure enough when I opened the door she found 3 inside. Clever clever girl…
Anyway just wanted to share as it was a highlight of this rainy day. Another highlight, I finished up my website (for now anyway) and I actually like the end results.
Do your pets know any cool tricks/tasks? I need to make a list of ones I want to teach Luna, rainy days are good for that. I saw a really neat one here, on Shiva’s blog.