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A couple of weeks ago, we posted this picture on our Facebook Page. Someone commented on how well behaved we were and how we showed restraint by not jumping out of the Jeep.
That question reminded hu-dad of a time he was asked the same question a few years ago. Let’s just say that sometimes hu-dad has fun in answering questions about us.
Anyway, he had parked the Jeep in our downtown area (a big two blocks long, but usually crowded with tourists). Someone commented on how none of us were jumping out of the Jeep and complimented the hu-dad on his training of us. Then they asked the hu-dad how he had trained us to stay in the Jeep when he left it.
Hu-dad started off his answer with the importance of patience in training. How he had to work with each of us on the stay command over and over, for weeks and weeks. He stressed the importance of positive training and how he had had to find the right motivating treat for each of us. Each one of us had our own special reward and he had to spend time learning what motivated each and everyone of us.
Realizing that several people were now listening to the answer, the hu-dad continued to expound on his explanation. He talked about how he had moved the stay training from the safety of our yard to the more difficult confines of The Jeep. He talked about the trial and error of teaching us to stay in the Jeep.
And then he started explaining how he would step further and further away from the Jeep until he was out of sight and expected us to stay anyway.
To add to the test, hu-dad explained, he started parking the Jeep where more and more distractions would tempt us to jump out, but he would reward us for staying in the Jeep. Realizing that he had drawn quite a crowd listening to his training prowess, hu-dad decided he had better wrap up the story and started to walk away.
At the last minute, he turned to the crowd and said, “Oh, and the seat belts they are wearing help.”
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Anytime we mention our seat belts, we get asked what we use. Our seat belts come from here. To be clear, we have no affiliation with this company and have never received any compensation for mentioning them. We just like their product.
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