The Dog Barker

As we gather together this holiday, let us keep in mind our Canine Family Members. I know, table food is considered bad for our wonderful dogs. It is my opinion that this is not always the case. Folks, I said my opinion, so please don’t take what I am about to share as fact. Every year during the holidays, I always set aside turkey and dressing for my Darlings. We all have something to be thankful for, and I always share my love for my family, human and canine alike. Now, let’s talk turkey and some helpful hints to encourage Fido/Fidoette to behave when everyone is eating. Here are some examples of undesirable behavior, and a tip to encourage good manners during Thanksgiving Dinner. Joel AllenTHE TURKEY THIEF: This canine likes to wait for a great distraction before he slinks in and takes something off the table (i.e., a piece of turkey or something smelly and yummy) when your head is turned. Often times, this guy’s best opportunity is when we bow our heads and give thanks to the Almighty. This is why I pray with one eye open! THE LICKER: This canine is elusive and fast. He generally gets close enough to the table, while pretending not to see your plate and waits until he sees you see him. Then he does a tongue drive by on your plate, knowing your response will be, “Eww!! Here take it!” Don’t let him win! I usually look at the culprit and still take a huge bite of my food and growl. I know I just grossed out all of you. Being a soldier most of my young life has taught me to overcome certain things that would most assuredly make you sick. THE DROOLER: This canine is devious. He generally will go and drink some water then come back to everyone at the table, and while you are trying to enjoy your scrumptious dinner, shake his head and sling drool all over the place in hopes you all will give up your food. I actually have one that will do exactly that. He has tried that with me. It didn’t work. Remember what I said about the licker. THE LOOKER: This canine thinks by staring at you he will use his Jedi mind to overcome your will and make you, “Give the dog your food.” Just think about that being whispered constantly to you. There is much more, but I do not have the room to keep you going. So, in answer to these scenarios here is what I suggest you do. Get yourself a spray bottle. Put 1/3 part vinegar to 2/3 part water in the bottle. Set the nozzle to stream, and when you have a misbehaving canine, aim for his face. If his back is to you, spray his bottom and when he turns around spray his face, emphasizing the “NO!” command every time. Well, God Bless You All. May everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to pray. “Remember to love your dogs because they love you. Maybe not the way you want them to, like chewing up your favorite shoes or what not, but that is just love chewing. Be thankful for the time you have with them always.” Joel and Zues Allen alexanderskingdomoftraining@gmail.com 256-651-2211 Valley Pools

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