Restraint and Restraints

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.


Do we look like we are jumping out?

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.


  1. 24 Paws of Love on November 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for a good chuckle hu-dad!

  2. jan on November 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Great story. Knowing the breed as we do, we kept thinking there had to be a lot more to it than patient training.

  3. houndstooth on November 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Hu-Dad, I like your style! I confess, this it TOTALLY something I would do to someone, although no one who walks up to our van is going to compliment us on our well-behaved dogs. Morgan makes sure nobody gets close enough to notice that there are even three other dogs inside!

  4. The Ao4 on November 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Ha roo roo roo! Your hu-dad is too funny!
    Thanks for the link to the belts you use. Our mom is thinking about making the kind of strap that goes from the car belt to the harness herself, to make it easier to hook us up, and that’s a great help!
    Play bows,

  5. Beth on November 14, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Ha! What a great story. My guy would be trailing after me or whatever else he found interesting as soon as I turned my head, no matter how good he was at “stay” in a controlled environment, which, being a Sibe, he isn’t! Thanks for the info on the seat belts. I’ve been using the Kurgo one, and I like it pretty well, but yours looks even more secure.

  6. Sea Wolf on November 14, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Many many thanks. I need some of this same training for my pups.

  7. Khumbu on November 14, 2013 at 3:58 am

    That is hilarious we love that story. High paws to hu’dad.

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