My Golden Kali has been the most loyal, trustworthy, and loving a dog one could ask for. Compliance with rules and requests has never been an issue. Kali has always been eager to please. There have been times over the years where Kali comes up in conversation and someone will ask something like, ‘will she do that?’ or ‘how will you get her to sit still for that?’. My answer has always been the same, “Kali does what I ask her to do”. And she does. And that’s that. Not because I’m a great trainer. Because Kali is a great dog.
Whether it’s sitting still to have her nails trimmed (I use a dremel), being poked and prodded at the vet, or sitting for a bath and brushing, Kali has always done what I’ve asked of her. She hasn’t always liked it but she does it because I ask.
Kali, now a senior at 10 years, remains compliant and
eager willing to comply. But some things have changed; just a little bit… I realized that there has been a compliance evolution that has gone something like this.
Kali at 5
Kali: “Hey dad, I’m right here waiting for you to tell me what to do. Just give me the word or signal and I’m good to go”.
Me: “Ok Kali, let’s go”.
Kali springs to her feet and leads the way trotting just in front of me to our destination.
Kali at 7
Me: “Come on Kali, I need to go to the back yard and I want you to come with me”.
Kali: “Sure thing dad. I go where you go whenever you want me to go”.
Kali gets up and prances along side of me not really knowing where she is going and not caring because she’s by my side.
Kali at 10
Now at ten Kali spends much of her day inside sleeping She’s earned the privilege to be inside if that’s what she prefers and this is what she usually chooses.
Me: Walking to the door, “Come on Kali. You need to go outside and get busy” (get busy is the term we use to tell our girls to pee and poop).
Kali: “Thanks for asking but I’m fine right here”.
Me: “Kali. Come. Let’s go!”
Kali: “No, Im good”.
Me: KALI COME. Gosh darn it… COME!
Kali: Slowly rising “Geesh. You don’t have to yell. I heard you the first time.”
Me: Thought bubble over my head, “Yeah I know you heard me so why didn’t you do it the first time?” Second thought bubble over my head, “Oh yeah because you’ve trained me very well”.
And so it goes these days with my Golden Kali. Our relationship has evolved over the years and the bond and love has grown stronger each day. The five year old vibrant rescue from Taiwan is now a stubborn old lady who remains compliant and eager to please in all ways and at all times.
It’s just takes a little longer these days.
Kali hearing the request to “come” but knowing that there will be at least two more requests before she is expected to actually do anything