Friday, January 8, 2016


At 1 1/2 years old, Trooper is still a young dog testing his limits. Trained service animal in public he may be, but at home he's still full of mischief.

His latest trick is to go into "keep-away" play mode, ducking hither and yon whenever I try to get his vest and leash on. I could bribe him with a treat, but that's not a good thing to do anymore. It's just rewarding an annoyance.

But I think I've inadvertently hit on the solution. I open the door to the condo and step into the hallway, and in a flash he's out there and lying quietly, allowing me to don his uniform. Maybe he thinks that once he's in the hallway, he's working and therefore obeys.

Hard to tell. But the ploy works.

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