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Let's say I'm carrying in packages. First he'll race me to the door, which makes it harder to open the door. Then he'll come out and I have to tell him to get away from the fence door. Then I go to the car and come back. (Jeez, I wish they could help carry things in with all that brute strength). He'll race me to the door again to get in which is a pain again and then he'll plant himself in a tight spot I have to cross with each package. I just get tired of yelling commands at him and waiting for him to get to his feet.

maybe I should just chain him to the fireplace when I'm carrying things in.
Let's say I'm carrying in packages. First he'll race me to the door, which makes it harder to open the ... each package. I just get tired of yelling commands at him and waiting for him to get to his feet.

i think you're making it much more difficult than it has to be.
maybe I should just chain him to the fireplace when I'm carrying things in.

or tell him to move, then sit/lie and stay. i'm just sayin'...

shelly
http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette>> http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com

What I tell you three times is true.
Lewis Carroll
Hah. Do dogs really understand manners? Think how they act. When they want something, they elbow to the front. They push past. I've never seen anything comparable to an "pardon me" from a dog,

With my dog, it looks like this:
Kate is in room with dog. Kate is typing or something. Door is closed. Dog wants out.
Dog casually goes over to door and looks at it for a while.

Dog comes back, puts chin on knee. Kate keeps typing.

Dog fixes Kate with look. Kate looks. Dog glances at door, looks back, and waggles eyebrows. First left, then right, then both. Tail thumps gently on floor.
That's "pardon me" in FlatCoatSpeak.

Kate
and Storm and The Puppy to be Named Later, the FCR duo
Ha! Good story. I forgot about how when they do move, they move to the next waypoint.
Well Cala does the near-miss-drive-by and occasionally doesn't time it right she thinks it's a huge game.

that's because it is. HTH! harriet likes to play that game, too. with elliott, she just vaults over him if the timing is off. with me, she usually doesn't make mistakes, because i've learned to make liek tree. besides, i'm usually too transfixed by the joie de Boxer to move.
She also uses me as a ricochet board on the recall, which I'm breaking her of slowly but surely.

ouch! harriet's cornered off me a few times. she's much smaller than Cala, so i can only imagine how much that must hurt.

shelly
http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette>> http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott
That's "pardon me" in FlatCoatSpeak.

oh my. that sounds remarkably like BoxerSpeak. harriet goes through the exact same routine, only instead of wiggling eyebrows, she scrunches up her lips and tightens her ears.

shelly
http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette>> http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com

Fear feeds the imagination.
Joseph Joubert
That's "pardon me" in FlatCoatSpeak.

And Lab-X speak, and ACD-X speak, and ACD speak, if my guys are anything to go by. Of course, the ACDs have yet another level if all else fails, grab human by available body part and tow them to the Clue Bus.
oh my. that sounds remarkably like BoxerSpeak. harriet goes through the exact same routine, only instead of wiggling eyebrows, she scrunches up her lips and tightens her ears.

Well, that, and Boxers don't thump their tails, seeing as how they ain't got any. Do they whap their little nubs?

Kate
and Storm and The Puppy to be Named Later, the FCR duo
Let's say I'm carrying in packages. First he'll race me to the door, which makes it harder to open the door. Then he'll come out

"Get back" (yes, I know it has another meaning to gun dogs, but I don't have gun dogs) means "you're not going through the door, but I am"
maybe I should just chain him to the fireplace when I'm carrying things in.

Physical constraints work, but behavioral constraints ("go lie down", "stay", "move", etc.) are my preferred alternative.
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