Today’s theme for Six Word Friday is “offering”, which is a great description of the daily ritual of getting the dogs back in the house so I can leave for work:
Offering treats brings dogs in quickly.
The beagle in particular would rather be outside, especially first thing when he hasn’t done a perimeter check since the night before. Who knows what could in the yard – rabbit scents! Squirrels! Moles! Maybe even something to roll in!
After chasing him around the yard more than once in my dress clothes, I decided there had to be a better way. I started offering treats to dogs who willingly came in. Since he’s very treat driven, he now runs out, does his business and comes flying back in. He heads right for the pantry, his fanny kissing the tile floor like a good boy. He can scooch around pretty good while sitting still, all the way making it clear that he’s impatient and wants his treats!
The other two get treats of course, but they aren’t so hard to get back in the house. After all, who wants to stay in when it’s cold and dewy or snowy outside first thing in the morning?
I don’t have a picture of the morning ritual, but here’s what happens when my favorite boy toy tries to eat HIS treats.
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