Once I adopted a puppy, named him Muffin, I started to learn how to train him via you-tube. He knows how to "sit", "down", "go potty" at the right place, "high five", "hand shake" and sometime "turn around". Still teaching him new tricks. After a few months of training, without realizing, I kinda start teaching him like teaching a child. Everything he eats or see I started telling him the name of it.
One day, I realize I am talking to my dog like talking to a child. Think again and found it to be quite silly. What am I doing? What was I thinking? Does he really understands me? Can we really communicate like this? For your information, Muffin is my first pet dog. When I was young, my mum never allow pets. Not sure why.
To my surprise Muffin really do understand and is a fast learner too. Anytime I mentioned the rabbit, he would look at the rabbit's cage. When I say "go see bird" he would look up the sky and the electric cable above as birds love to sit and chat on that line. When I put a carrot by the side of his toy and said "fetch carrot" he got it right. He knows so many words now a days. So proud of him.
He sleeps outside and only allowed inside the house once in a while. Once he is in, he refuse to go out. I would used dog treats to lure him out but he would only follow up to the glass door and refuse to go out even if I throw his favorite treat out. We would have to drag him out. One day I outsmarted him. He came into the house, after awhile I asked him to go out. He refuse as normal. I took a dog treat hold it out so that he can see and said "I am going to give this to the rabbit" he follow me to the sliding glass door like usual and the minute he sees me trying to feed the rabbit with his favorite treat, he ran out to snatch it from me. When he is busy munching, I just walk back into the house and lock him out.
Having a dog really is like having a young child at home. Always have doubt if they understand us at all but they actually do. Since I see him most of the time, he trust me more than any member of the family. If hubby were to lock him in the cage because he need to wash the floor or car etc and later forgot about it and come into the house, Muffin would just sleep. But the minute he hears my voice, he would cry in a pitiful way like crying out for me to go rescue him. He sure knows who to bully.
Anyway, I am glad I adopted him. Really make my life more interesting and I had learned a lot about dogs too. Thanks for reading. Hope your pet is as fun and loving as mine. Happy parenting your pets.