I turn my back for 3 seconds:
"Digging? Who, me? What mud?"
"I honestly have no idea what you're talking about."
"How about I charm you by showing you my six pack abs that I built up in Siberian Pilates?"
"Hey, I got some tricks up my sleeve too! Would you like to dance? How about the Formosan Fox Trot?"
It's lazy and rainy Sunday today so no walks for the dogs. Besides, Loki and I were up bright and early at a 2-hour search class, so doggie duties are over. It's days like this I work on silly things with them like their fears. Both of them have been fearful of the drain grate in our driveway. A while back Loki got over it in 20 minutes. Juno's been still working on it, so we worked on it today. Most people would shrug their shoulders and decide that getting their dog over a silly fear of a drain grate is a waste of time. But I find working on the smallest fears can do so much for improving your relationship with your dog so when the time comes in an emergency where you must ask your dog to do something unusual, walk over something they are not familiar with or jump into something they never did before, there is a bond of trust established and getting them through something in an emergency becomes that much more easier. It's a huge reason why doing physical therapy with Juno is such a breeze.
"If I just put one paw on it do I get a treat?'
"Ok two paws are on it. And I'm not dead. "
"Odd smells. I'm certain if I put my whole body on this drain I will disappear for ever."
"The paws are on. Give me the treat."
"Good job Princepessa! I would like to give you a kiss for this."
"Lay off Retardo. Your kisses rank far below the chicken treats."