Wednesday, February 12, 2014
More Problems with Thunder
I thought I had the Pouting Thunder Problem solved. When it would nearly be time for me to go to work, he would go sit on the saddle pad in the dining room and pout. He was simply inconsolable. I started to give him treats right before I left. That went well for a week. I thought I was training him to just go and wait for treats before I leave—not much different than Maggie, aka Dumb Dog, waiting for her treat-filled Kong toy with excitement.
Today, he jumped off his tower about 3 minutes before I was going to leave. I straightened up the kitchen while he waited for his treats—I thought. The microwave timer went off—signaling it was time for me to go. Maggie got excited. I gave Thunder a handful of treats and went to give Maggie her Kong. When I got back to Thunder to say goodbye, he was sitting there on the floor—his treats untouched—pouting.
I didn’t know what to do, so I grabbed his treats and put them on the top level of his tower. I brought him over and put him by the treats, and he started eating them. I then said goodbye and left.
He is not making it very easy for me to go to work. It’s hard enough to leave without him pouting…