Joey and I watched the Olympics and loved the competitive sports. Even I was impressed by Usain Bolt’s speed. Could a two-legged upright beat a four-legged dog? I’m certain I could beat him as long as there was a prize of peanut butter waiting for me at the finish. Who needs a gold medal when there’s peanut butter?
--Woof, Joey, here. I could beat him! Sienna’s too chubby to run that fast, but I’m not!
--Joey, stop interrupting my blog! And I’ve told you before that I’m not chubby, I’m fluffy!
Anyway, Joey and I decided to hold our very own Doggie Olympics! And I won because I’m the best! I beat Joey at the ring jump, the roll over, and all of the other events. Our upright had us compete in several events. I am perfect at everything!
--Woof, Joey, here. No she’s not. I weaved through legs on command, I did the American Crawl across the floor, and I won the Frisbee toss. She lost. She’s too much of a diva to jump at a Frisbee!
In our competitive games, Joey sometimes tied with me, but that was only because the judges felt sorry for him. He’s younger than me, so they felt I had an advantage. I do have the advantage of experience, but I’m also better at sporting events than he is.
--Woof! Joey, here. She’s such a diva. The judges felt sorry for her! If they praised me or claimed I won an event, she pouted.
--Growl, I did not.
--Growl, did too.
--Upright here, Joey and Sienna stop growling. The point of the Doggie Olympics was that both of you are very bright and athletic. Joey and Sienna learned how to weave through my legs in one day. Joey can learn a trick a week if I had more time to train him. He craves the attention and loves learning new things. This also means he can learn naughty things too. Joey still jumps on uprights. He hasn’t learned the control yet, that Sienna has. He’s just so excited about seeing people, that he jumps. But this is an unwanted behavior and one that needs to be curbed before it becomes a habit. If your dog jumps on you, do not reward him even with a pat. Only pet him after he sits! When training a new trick to either a puppy or adult dog, I recommend practicing it for about five minutes twice a day until the new trick becomes a habit. Praise your dog, rewarding good behavior with belly rubs and sometimes even with treats.
--Sienna here, I agree, lots of treats help me learn new tricks!
--Joey here, I prefer belly rubs, ear scratches, and Sienna’s treats!
--Growl, not my treats!
--Joey here, Yep, I only like Sienna’s treats, her food, and her blankie!