Saturday, March 12, 2011

The chair stealer

When I'm gone during the day, Dahlia has a tendency to take over my recliner.  During the day, my partner says that it's really her chair.  So it should come as no surprise that when I'm home, she would like it too.  It's her bed after all, isn't it?  Of course I got a really comfortable recliner just for her!

Recently she has taken to stealing the chair as soon as I get out of it.  Today, for example, I got up to go to the bathroom and came back to find that my chair had been taken over by a pretty black dog who rolled over and offered me a paw when I came over to the chair.

And when I was out in the kitchen doing dishes, my partner arrived back from his walk with her and did she come greet me?  No.  She made a bee-line for my chair and waited for me to find her in it.

It's become a sort of "game" as to who can get to the chair first.  She'll get off if I ask her, but sometimes it's fun to trick her into getting off by acting like there's something more exciting elsewhere.  Sometimes I reinforce her getting off by playing a game of tug or giving her a treat after she's on the floor.

And other times?  I let her have her chair.  I let her "win" and happily retreat to the big comfy couch.  I'm sure Dahlia likes that best of all!


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