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Does your dog enjoy winding you up like ours does?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Our dog loves me. I know that because when the sodding thing eventually settles down, it's always around my feet. I have to be careful when I move my desk chair that I don't trap one of the little bleeder's leg under its wheels.

    I can't say exactly why he prefers to be with me, rather than be at my sweetheart's side listening to the screaming that goes on whilst my sweetheart watches Strictly, but I suspect it has something to do with being a terrier and their raison d'etre; to catch things that might otherwise run away.

    Our dog doesn't miss a trick. He's faster than a bagful of fast things. It's impossible for him to take his eye off a ball whichever way it bounces and when he's got hold of it he shakes it like a terrierist dog would shake a rat. I can tell you this for nothing, you wouldn't find rats wanting to set up home near us.

    But in their absence, the dog has to rely on retrieving whichever of his toys he imagines I will have some interest in engaging in him with.

    So every time I settle down at my desk to engage with you, or the Internet wireless, the dog brings me a toy to throw for him in order to demonstrate how brilliant he will be at catching it, them how difficult he can try to make it for me to recover from him when he brings it back. I tolerate this behaviour for maybe half a dozen times before saying "That's enough!".

    We have a settee in the study that he's now taken to jumping on, dropping the toys down the back and making out he can't retrieve them, at which point he whine and generally make a fuss about, until I get up, drag the settee away so I can reach the toy with a walking stick.

    He repeats this game until I give in and play the original throwing game with him. Short of strangling him, how do I change this behaviour?
  2. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Yup one of them is doing just that right now! She's an attention seeker for sure.
  3. Pageant

    Pageant Occasional commenter

    This made me smile :)

    Charlie is an almost four year old cairn who is not in the least cuddly but he knows how to get my attention. He too has favourite inside games which involve him bringing me a tennis ball which he teases me with (in that I have to make a huge effort to get it off him). Then when I do get it and throw it for him he'll retrieve and push it under the settee. He will them sit and stare at me until I give in and crawl about trying to find which bit of the two settees he's pushed it under.

    Outside in the real world he's not allowed off lead because he'd rather hunt than come back to me and I haven't got the hours it takes to wait for him to decide he's had his fill of hunting and still not come back to me (he'll go to a random bloke coming across fields when one shows up)

    He also has made it clear he prefers men to me ........................ but I love him :)
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  4. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    Strikes me he is a very very clever little dog and he well has the measure of you :) Typical dog..... typical terrier and loveable is the first word which comes to mind :)
  5. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Mine sits watching TV waiting for a dog to appear then she attacks it violently and loudly. I couldn't watch the David Attenborough programme on painted dogs or Crufts, Paul O'Grady, anything with police dogs, sheep dog trials etc. She loves it though.
    Pageant likes this.
  6. skellig1182

    skellig1182 Senior commenter

    Ah I get the screaming whilst strictly is on.

    My dogs love that I am giver of food.
    One of my dogs loves that I do so much, that she decided to beat the odds on a terminal cancer diagnoses. They thought she had sciatic nerve cancer. The leg had become paralysed. They gave me the 99% chance it’s cancerous and she won’t live more than a few months. Anyway, 8 months later, paralysed leg is no longer paralysed, regained full use. Uses it to run fast to the denta-stix.

    I’m sure she keeps saying, “I’m not going anywhere until the last denta-stix is eaten.” Now I give her endless treats and she loves me even more!:) xx
    Pageant and Alice K like this.
  7. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    I dropped the wife off for a blood test at our local hospital this morning, and seated on the bench by the entrance was a woman with a perfectly still young Alsatian. It didn't move a muscle for more than 10 minutes but it eyed everyone coming and going, without any head movements. Wonderfully controlled. I wondered if it might be in line for police training.
  8. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Yes, Helen.

    The thing about terriers that fascinates me and doesn't seem to apply to other dogs, is their reluctance to hand over a toy they've retrieved, preferring to play tug with it. I learned as a child they'll release it soon enough if you grab a paw, but then work out what you did and do their utmost to prevent you grabbing a paw again.

    Another thing I've noticed is that if you lift up a shoe, they run a mile. This particularly fascinates me, as it seems to be an instinctive trait with terriers, since our little JRT hasn't had even a smack, or been properly told off.

    We once had a fox terrier who was terrified by fireworks, would cowers and whimper, pant and pace until an hour after the perceived threat had gone away, but the boxers we had weren't; and neither is our JRT. Instead of being terrified, they've used the occasion to bark their bleedin' heads off and frighten the cat even more, wondering what the fux going on.

    What's it all about?
  9. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Mine doesn't do that but she can tell by which shoes I put on whether she's coming with me or not.
  10. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    Boxers are prone to deafness, perhaps they couldn't hear. However, they can hear the rustle of a crisp packet at 100 yards!
  11. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I have lazy lurchers. They have both been collapsed on the sofa for hours. They love to go out for a walk and to have a quick belt around the garden. Otherwise they snooze. They make lovely hot water bottles.
  12. smurphy6

    smurphy6 Lead commenter

    Our pup does not like anyone reading. If he sees any of us reading anything he will do whatever he can to distract us, including sitting on our laps and staring at us nose to nose.
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  13. susanrk

    susanrk Occasional commenter

    My cavalier King Charles is a great knee warmer! He has the uncanny gift of being fast asleep but sensing an animal on TV and rushes over to bark ferociously! Country File is a no no as is any vet programme we might want to watch!
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  14. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I never experienced that trait among our boxers, Spirit. A single "Pwitt!" whistled to them would fetch them running, no matter how far they'd strayed. The only problem I had with our boxers was that they were crumpet magnates and a "Pwitt!" in the pub would bring all manner of women hoping to escort the dog as he dragged me home.

    The publican had a word with me about whistling the dog back after an old girl got knocked off her Zimmer frame as they crowded by the pub door. How the old dear ever imagined she'd be able to keep up with the rest of the crowd when the dog dragged me home is beyond me, but then again, I can only surmise that she'd never owned such a beast.

    Had I been fitter and able to run with the dog, our journey home from the pub would have had all the makings required of a Benny Hill sketch.
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  15. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    Bella the Platt Bridge Podenca was a street urchin. She stared longingly at me as we lunched outside the village bar, so we picked her up and took her home. As we watch TV in the evening, she cuddles close and gazes adoringly into my eyes. Biggles the Aspull Terrier will tolerate this for about ten minutes. Then he leaps up with a flurry of barking and rushes to the front door. Bella follows suit, and by the time she's back from confronting the imaginary emergency Biggles has pinched her place on the sofa.
    bombaysapphire likes this.
  16. hs9981

    hs9981 Lead commenter

    Korean dogs are very well behaved.
  17. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    No they aren't. They scream in agony. Do you find that funny?
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  18. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    I had a dog once that was very fussy about where she went for a pee. So there I would be on a cold winter night dying to get back into the warmth and the telly while she would go from grass verge to grass verge sniffing and fussing,crouching and then changing her mind. It was very frustrating, I can tell you.
  19. hs9981

    hs9981 Lead commenter

    Korean dogs are very well behaved.


    One or two people were bitten last year, by 'roaming' dogs (not stray, just careless owners). The government response.

    This ^.

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