Never Say No

I attended lots of training classes in lots of different places. I had heard my bipeds say that there are good, bad and indifferent dog trainers, as in any walk of life. My bipeds thought it very important to socialise me as much as possible, as I was going to be such a big dog and because Pyrenean Mountain Dogs are a naturally protective breed.

We were at the class that took place in a very small village hall near our home. I was the youngest one there, most of the other dogs were adults. Everyone was sitting in a circle and the trainer had been talking for what seemed like ages to me. Some of the other dogs had gone to sleep and it looked as though a few of the bipeds were struggling not to do the same. I had been untying my male biped’s shoelaces. He had kept moving me away from them, but it was fun teasing him. I pulled his socks down next and he moved his legs out of reach again.

The trainer was now telling all the bipeds that they must never tell us dogs “no”, as it wasn’t nice to talk to us like that. She said that they must always talk to us nicely and say positive things to us. She kept repeating this. I had an idea! I wriggled across the floor until I could reach the male biped’s ankles. He had a problem with one of them, he was waiting for an operation on his Achilles tendon. I decided my plan would be the most effective on his bad ankle.

Timing was important – I waited for the trainer to repeat how important it was to talk to us nicely and politely, to never say “no”. I then suddenly sank my needle-sharp teeth hard into his ankle. The effect was everything I could have hoped for! He immediately sat upright, saying, “Ow!” very loudly followed by, “Clowie, no!” even louder, while he pulled his leg away from me.

I sat up and looked as cute and innocent as I possibly could. The trainer gave my biped a look that could freeze hell over, while most of the other bipeds gave him a sympathetic smile. My biped said, “That was short for – please desist as it’s quite painful!” to which some of the bipeds had a sudden coughing fit!

The other dogs were all alert now, even the sleeping ones had woken up. Surely the trainer would take advantage of having dogs and bipeds awake and all paying attention again, by getting us to do something interesting! No such luck, she started talking about the importance of keeping our ears clean.

Another biped leaned across and whispered to my biped that he was supposed to be polite to me, no matter what I did, and I heard him reply, “That was the polite version, I assure you!” They shared a little chuckle and I was glad that I’d brightened up a very dull training session.

A few weeks later he had the operation on his ankle and his leg was in plaster for weeks. I had a lot of fun teasing him, but I’ll tell you about that next week.

See you next Wednesday!

21 thoughts on “Never Say No

  1. That really does sound like a boring class – I hope they found one that was more fun. I have to agree with your biped about it being the “polite version” as I am sure he would rather have said a bit more even though he loves you!

    • We went to some very exciting classes and I have stories about those.

      The bipeds were very pleased when I stopped biting them! They seemed to think that I should give it up at a younger age than other puppies – just because I was bigger, but I was in no hurry with that part of my training.

  2. Though we didn’t go to a class or anything like that (I don’t think they have guinea pig training classes!), our Mummy tried to teach us tricks and good manners . . . It didn’t work! Silly hooman, we are pets its our job to be naughty and do the opposite to what you say!

    Nibbles, Nutty, Bingo & Buddy

    • We have to let them think that they train us, while we train them to do what we want them to. I love the noise that guinea pigs make when they’re having a cuddle!

      • Stan would certainly agree that the training classes are for me – not him really! He lets me think I am a good trainer but it is the other way round. Guinea pigs are fun to cuddle but they seem to not want to cuddle Stan 🙂

        • Stan is quite right! It’s all about negotiating the best treats possible.

          I think a wise guinea pig is probably wary of all strange cats and dogs!

  3. Oh my goodness that was so well told! My grandfather had 2 Great Pyrenees and stubborn with a good dose of cuddly comes to mind!

    • Thank you! You really made my biped laugh.

      For myself, I have to say that I think the word stubborn is a little harsh. I obey any reasonable request, as long as I’m not doing anything more important and just as soon as it’s convenient for me to do so!

      I am very cuddly.

  4. A dog after my own heart!!!

  5. Oh Dog! I had a trainer kinda like that. When her dog did what she asked she said Good Man. What the heck does that mean? *rolls eyes*

    • I don’t know! Some trainers we met only had one way of doing something and nothing different to try, if that didn’t work.

  6. I’m sure I would fall sleep and Doggy would get extremely annoy at a class like the one you described. My dog is still illiterate, I kinda want to take him to a class but so far all classes and most trainers I’ve looked into(available where I live) have really bad reviews.

    • It is good for dogs to socialise at a class. It isn’t always easy to find out which trainers are good, but we found that rescue centres often know who the good trainers are in the area. I hope you find a good one.

  7. Hi Clowie! Thanks for visiting us! It was really nice to meet you and we are glad you stopped by. What a cutie you are. We bite occasionally too, but it usually involves a bath. Thanks for following us too, we will follow you too.

    • Hi, thank you. It’s very nice to see you here. Do they try to convince you that it’s more fun to bite something else?

  8. Clever way to put a little life in an otherwise BORING class Clowie!

    Kitty Hugs, Sam

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