Indy has a recent habit of going out to the yard and then refusing to come back into the house. He'll come to the door and bang on it with his paws, but when someone goes to let him in, he darts off. Sometimes he does this over and over, until MB corners and leashes him. Earlier tonight, we were getting ready to go drop Nico off with my parents and head to game night at the bibliophile's house. Nico did an epic poo right about the time that Indy started his ding-dong-dash routine, and MB would only agree to take care of the poo if I tried to get the dog inside.
I decided to see if I could lure him in with little bits of cheese, since I wasn't in the mood to chase him around the yard. MB returned halfway through the process with a de-stinked baby.
MB: What are you doing?
VBG: I'm trying to show him that good things happen to him when he comes to the door.
MB: You shouldn't bribe him.
VBG: It's not a bribe...it's positive conditioning.
MB: It's totally a bribe. We shouldn't bribe him. It'll make him stay out longer next time. Here, let me do it.
So I took Nico and wandered off while MB headed to the back door. He called Indy, Indy didn't come in.
MB: Hey, go knock on the front door.
I went and knocked on the front door.
MB: Do it again!
I knocked again.
MB: Hey, Indy! Who is it?
Indy darted in and trotted over to the front door, tail wagging.
MB: Good boy!
VBG: Hold up a minute. I can't bribe him but it's okay to trick him? What's up with that?
MB: It's totally different.
Reading: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Playing: a booty-shaking mix that Evilducky made for me