Friday, October 14, 2011


Cookie Envy

Dog Blog Post #476: Nothing worse than a broken cookie, unless it's no cookies at all!

Our Daily Challenge - Oct 9, 2011 - "Broken"
111 Pictures in 2011 - "#16. damaged"

Why are they looking at the cookies?

Wouldn't you?

I know, staring at the object of "Leave it!" is considered bad form by the dog training crowd, and I actually had to work a bit to break Zachary (dog #2) of the good habit I had created in him as a pup to NOT stare at the food, because Beau (dog #1) would hover over the "Leave it!" object, barely a hairs-width distance away.

Nothing like holding a handful of dog treats before your dog, feeling warm breath and chin whiskers tickling your skin, while watching drool pooling in your palm as the seconds slowly tick by.

So after I "failed" with Beau, I taught Zachary to turn away, only to find out that photography is sooooo much easier if you can control what your model is looking at.

And what better thing to draw attention than food.

Thus Zachary was de-programmed so that he would look at the food (although sometimes he still reverts to initial training and backs up, until I remind him it's OK to stare at it.)

Henry (dog #3) has pretty much always been allowed to stare at the food as he wished.

And he wishes.

Cookie Envy

I don't know, which do you like better - drool or no drool? I can never decide.

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Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I'm not a drool person but a sophisticated, discreet sliver of drool does add to the effect:)

Cockapoo 4 u said...

such beautiful dogs! both great photos with or withotu the drool!

Sue and Doug said...

drool or no drool..they are both for the 'leave it'?..we have taught our boy that..why is it frowned upon??..patience I figure is a good thing!!

yuki and rocket said...

hey, no worries! they're not broken, you just have two now, not just one.:) hee hee

♥yuki and rocket

houndstooth said...

Still laughing over your idea for this assignment! I like the no drool picture more, but not because of the lack of drool. There's just something infinitesimally different about their postures that I like better in the second photo. I can't even quite put my finger on what it is.

I have to admit that I'm having fun getting back into the swing of things on Flickr, and I like using one picture for a multitude of groups, but I still miss the DS.

Did you mean more about starting a Flickr group or more about finding one? lol

Anonymous said...

I am SOOOO envious of you dogs that are well-behaved. I would have eaten BOTH cookies by now!

Sage said...

Such great control! I sure would never see my two do that. Sage can make it for a bit without drool, but probably not as long as your two!