Monthly Archives: December 2010

Try It A Different Way, Barefoot

Albert Einstein once stated, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Somewhere I remember reading, either in a book about dogs, Debbie Jacobs’ fearfuldogs site, or Mary’s Dogs blog, if something isn’t working one way, try it another way!

For many months I have been doing everything and in every way possible to have Honey take a treat from my hand, to no avail.  She will, most times, pick up a treat I dropped on the ground with my hand directly over the morsel, but not from that scary hand thingy.  Fingers pointing down, fingers open, closed, sideways, thumb in, thumb out even with clean fingernails, not interested.  I believe I need her to take the treat in order for the next step to happen, touching.

Taking another quote from Einstein “A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new” this morning I tried something new, and it worked, sorta.

First it is cold here in the Northwest, at least for these bones, but I was outside trying the some old, same old with Honey.  I was dressed in my sweats, slippers and coat, when the silly idea hit my, only one cup of coffee, brain, to put the treat on my barefoot.  Off came the slipper and the treat placed on the top of my foot, bare foot standing on the cold cement.  To my surprise Honey came right up to my foot sniffed the goody, the foot then took and ate it.  20 minutes and a frozen foot later of treat on the top, or stuffed between the toes, she continued taking the treat.  I know I have nice looking feet, but why the feet and not the hand.

I don’t really care why; it will become the first step to the hand.  Please no cameras allowed while I put my hand under or around my foot, I know I’m going to crash.  Placing my hand by my foot is going to be interesting, because I think I’m getting taller as I get older, it takes me a lot longer to get up from the ground than it used to and my arms are futher away from my feet.

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