A box of Christmas gifts from my mom arrived in the mail yesterday. When I opened the box, Charlie quickly shoved his nose in the box and surfaced with a wrapped bag of Iams biscuits.
Right then, I decided Christmas would come early to Charlie … if he would learn a new trick.
He already knows sit, down, off, back up and my favorite: gimme kissy. I thought of what was left. Of course the choices are infinite, but my mind went to the obvious: roll over, bang-dead (how morbid!) and shake.
In the end, shake won out. I grabbed a biscuit, broke off a small piece and put my hand in front of him.
“Shake!” I said firmly.
Charlie wiggled then went into a “down.” I tried again. This time he went back on his hind legs into begging position.
It was clear he didn’t know what was going on, and was pulling out all the other tricks that usually produce a biscuit.
So over and over, I said “shake” then grabbed his paw. Soon, the problem became evident.
Charlie is a south paw.
So I tried one more time, reaching out to his left paw, and he magically reached out to me.
When Matt got home, Charlie was eager to show off his new trick. As soon as Matt said shake, Charlie lifted his left paw in the air, then excitedly jumped up for some loving.
Even better news: Charlie has two more baggies of biscuits with his name on them!