I love it when my friend’s dog, Doug, actually does as he’s told. Like stop jumping all over me as soon as I try to sit down on the couch when I’m visiting. Or snatching up my purse with drooling jaws and hiding it in another room, just for fun. Who wants jaw prints on their favorite bag? (My friend’s a bit of free spirit and never went in for obedience training.)
So when Doug shakes a paw or sits on command, she gives him a treat. Much like thousands of pet owners across the United States and around the globe, good dog behavior is rewarded with a little tasty something.