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    We were walking along. . .

    Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:26 am
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    So we were on our morning walk, and boy, these cool mornings - our Jar's one big old Hiking Puppy - he wants to walk and walk and walk . . .

    So we were walking along, and almost first thing, we saw a kitty who dashed under a parked car. Jar was pretty decent about that (the "who's that" game helps) - we WALKED over to the car, then he PEEKED underneath it - and saw the kitty. While he trying to figure out how to get it out of there, it snuck out the other side and, from across the street, I'm pretty sure Kitty stuck its tongue out at us. icon_confused.gif

    So we're walking along, and I kind of let Jar go pretty much where he wants (within reason, of course!) - he lets me know when he wants to go "that way" or "down this street."

    So we ended up with a fairly uneventful walk, until we got to Rabbit Alley. I call it Rabbit Alley because, obviously, it's riddled with rabbits - there's this wall along one side (there's a self-storage place there), and a nice, lush lawn with bushes and flowers and decorative boulders - and the rabbits just love hippity-hopping along the wall. Not regular rabbits, mind you, but DUMB BUNNIES. I think some chemicals from the Kodak plants in the area have seeped into the ground water or something, because MAN those rabbits are dumb. They sit right there LOOKING at us - and when they do manage to figure out HEY BIG DOG WITH PREY DRIVE RUN! well, they run straight down the sidewalk, just BEGGING to be chased. icon_rolleyes.gif

    So anyway, there's this Dumb Bunny just sitting there maybe 10 feet from us, next to the sidewalk. And she wouldn't move (I assume it was a she. I also assume it was the rabbit equivalent of blonde. No offense to any actual blondes, but, well, stereotypes are there for a reason. . . icon_wink.gif) ANYWAY she just SAT THERE, looking at me. I picked up an acorn (did I mention the acorn trees also there - we also see plenty of squirrels when the rabbits aren't around . . . DANDY) and tossed it at the rabbit. Actually, I ended up tossing half a dozen acorns - all while keeping Jar from reacting to Bimbo Bunny ~ toss, who's that, click, treat ~ before Bimbo Bunny finally noticed and ran away - RIGHT TOWARD US. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Jar OF COURSE could no longer contain himself, but I was ready, and we turned his semi-lunge into an about-face, and he settled right down - pshew! And we turned back around, and gee golly, the rabbit was gone. icon_smile.gif

    Then, we're heading home, and there, up ahead, is a guy heading right for us (fortunately, it wasn't someone hideous like Schnauzer Lady), and there wasn't really anywhere for us to detour - so we kind of stepped off the sidewalk, the guy came toward us (I could practically hear him sweating and thinking "please don't eat me please don't eat me" icon_lol.gif ) and guess what Jar did.

    Go ahead, guess. icon_smile.gif

    He just LOOKED at me and said "hey, where's my treat?" even without my having to say (or click) anything!

    Now granted, there wasn't another dog involved - that would have changed things considerably, I'm sure, but STILL. He has learned that if he sees something, he gets a treat. Yay Jar! icon_biggrin.gif
    K9 Owned
    Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:02 pm
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    I love your morning walks. icon_smile.gif

    That he held it together for a kitty, a bunny and a scary stranger is excellent.
    Got to love the power of a conditioned response! icon_cool.gif
    Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:13 pm
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    I only wish I'd known that trick when my son was small. . . icon_wink.gif
    Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:41 pm
    Forum Host
    Wow... a kitty, a seriously dumb bunny AND a scary stranger....and Jar did SO well! What great work.... GOOD BOY JAR (GOOD work Kris!)
    Connie Lea
    Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:30 pm Groupie
    Good boy Jar. It's so awesome that he looks to you for a treat when he sees something. You both are great scholars.
    mums the word
    Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:17 pm Groupie
    I love the way you tell that story. I wonder if it is in a rabbit's nature to freeze and pretend they aren't there so the prey won't see them? I'm just trying to give the dumb bunny the benefit of the doubt!
    Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:36 am
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    Thanks, guys - Jar has worked very hard the past several months. icon_smile.gif

    And Mums, you're right, of course - it is the rabbit's nature to pretend to be invisible (just like a cat's is). icon_biggrin.gif It's just so frustrating, sometimes, because, hey, bunny, I CAN STILL SEE YOU! icon_smile.gif And better yet, SO CAN THE DOG!!! icon_rolleyes.gif

    Plus, if they're going to run, wouldn't it make more sense to run AWAY? icon_rolleyes.gif icon_lol.gif
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