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We received so many terrific questions and story ideas after our New Year’s post and have promised to address those questions over the coming weeks. One of those questions related to our comment about Qannik getting into the wrong crate and what happened next. So let’s focus on training a Q-Tip.
Qannik is as lovable and cuddly as he looks – a strong muscular body wrapped in a thick layer of fluffy, soft fur. When Hu-dad curls up on the couch to read a book, Q-tip is the most likely dog to volunteer to be a pillow. He loves meeting new people and new dogs and has a sense of utter glee about every adventure of the day, even if that is as simple as a walk down our road like we do most every day.
When we kick off the Second Annual Valentines Hearts for the Herd next week (yes, you read that right – we’re back!), we will give you more background on all of the dogs, including Qannik. Long-time readers know that his early life was not great, but somehow he came through that with a happy-go-lucky spirit that just makes us smile.
Well, mostly. You see, one of Q-‘s challenges, is that he never learned dog language that is developed in the first several weeks from mom and litter mates, and throughout the formative puppy years with lots of socialization. Many dogs that don’t have that proper socialization become fearful or aggressive; Qannik just became bouncy and unaware of boundaries.
The other challenge for the Q is that he, er, um, well, lacks a certain ability to solve logic issues. Ok, fine, he is not the brightest star in the sky. He isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. His antenna doesn’t pick up all of the channels. He is a few fruit loops shy of a bowl. Enough, already. You get the idea (but feel free to share your favorite similar expression in the comments below).
We caught him one day when a piece of food fell out of his bowl (Q believes firmly in eating everything – and we mean everything). Unfortunately, in his chase to eat the errant tidbit, he flipped his bowl on top of the missing food. He was totally perplexed how to find it. When Hu-dad lifted the bowl for him, he was ecstatic. Natasha just shook her head.
Another day, he stood on the outside of a partially opened door and couldn’t figure out how to push it further open.
Every night . . . every single night . . . Q and all of the rest of The Herd are turned out for final bathroom break before bedtime (everyone sleeps inside for safety). Every night . . . every single night . . . as all dogs are running inside, Hu-dad asks Q if he remembered to go to the bathroom. Every night . . . every single night . . . the light bulb comes on, Q-Tip turns around, races to the yard, and pees. Then he comes inside quite pleased with himself. Every night. Every single night.
So we mentioned the other day that Qannik is the only member of The Herd who gets into the wrong crate. A simple “wrong crate” from the Hu-dad and Q races to the right crate. Well, at least he races to another crate and sometimes it is the right one. Otherwise, we just repeat the process until he gets it right.
The rest of The Herd has long learned to just show a little patience, and our fluffy boy will eventually get it right.
P.S. – Qannik’s best, most reliable “trick” is getting into the Jeep seat belt. Each member of The Herd has a spot in the Jeep and races for it when Hu-dad says Jeep. Q will sit in his spot with his right leg raised until Hu-dad slips on the first part of the seat belt – and then lift his left leg for the rest of the seat belt.
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