The town is the kitchen and the Toast is really just a piece of bread….
It all started over a year ago when Kali had a minor medical issue that required daily pills for a week or so. Kali i
s not the most discerning diner in the world Kali will eat just about anything. So I thought I could just give her the pills and she would gulp them down as she does with anything that comes from the kitchen and out of my hand.
I was surprised when Kali spit the pill out of her mouth. Being a resourceful and evolved human being I quickly figured out that if I wrapped the pill in a piece of bread that Kali would gulp down the pill wrapped in bread and be none the wiser for the experience.
This routine went on for the week without incident.
- Get up in the morning
- Get the medicine
- Go to the cabinet and get a piece of bread
- Wrap the pill in the bread
- Ask Kali to sit a reasonable distance away from the kitchen
- Bring the bread wrapped pill to Kali
- Boom – Kali gets her medicine and as far as she is concerned she got some people food from the (people) cabinet
The evolved human being wins as usual. Right? Well, maybe…
Dogs love to be trained. They love the interaction, mental stimulation, and rewards that follow successful execution of the command, trick, or show of obedience. When Kali followed me into the kitchen in the morning and I sent her out and followed that with a piece of bread that happened to have a pill inside she was trained. Trained to know that when I go near the cabinet where the bread lives there is a good chance that she will get a piece of bread. She’s believes it because since then I follow the same routine; because (duh!) I a very trainable….
Since that period of time when Kali had the meds and I wrapped them in bread there is the morning time routine – that occurs right after her formal breakfast of kibble – of me fixing my breakfast which almost always includes the bread cabinet.
Kali, and now Smokey too, will immediately “assume the position” on the edge of the kitchen and wait for their piece of bread; their “toast” as I now refer to it as.
It’s great to be trained. It’s liberating. I love the interaction and mental stimulation I get when Kali shows me what I need to do to make her happy. I really like the rewards of licks and tail wags I get when I do something right. And best of all, Kali loves it when i am obedient.