I’ve run into a few traps here and there, mostly it’s because I’m just too trusting. Of course a pup is gonna trust their pal, but are there moments when you should be a little leary of what mischief your bud is up to?
Yes. In fact, I just got a bath the other day because of it. There was no need for such a thing, but I was tricked into it. You see, I heard a rustling in the kitchen, so I thought it was my pal making food things. Then I saw him filling up the sink like I was going to get a bath. So I ran off and hid. But then came the crunching noises and the smell of sweet food. Maybe I was wrong, so I went back to the kitchen… my mistake. I got a bath. It was all a ruse. So if your pal is luring you with goodies, beware.
Of course, there’s always the whole thing with not throwing the stick when your pal throws the stick. This is the most common trick in the bag and they always pull it out just to test you. No way to avoid it except to pay attention to the stick, not them.
And speaking of toys that tease, have you ever had to fight for the new toy your pal just got you? Yeah, they hand it over like it’s all yours, but then they try to keep it. And then the battle is on until one of you win. It’s a tease, but sometimes it’s fun. Still teasing though.
Well what about not really going outside when your pal walks to the door. I get all pumped up and ready to play, only to find out they’re just peeking out there to see if the yard is still there or something. Boring!
But one I really don’t like is going to the doc’s office when you think you’re really going to the park. So super excite to get in the car and head for the the grassy fields of fun, but then you take the wrong turn and end up sitting on a cold table while the doc pokes you for fun. The best sign that you are not going to the park is that your pal isn’t bringing the ball. Don’t be tricked though, because they’ll let you bring the ball if you’ve already got it. But they won’t do it. That’s the tell-tale.
And I might mention the reason we always sniff our food first. Is it real food or is it some terrible tasting vitamins? Oh yes, I’ve bitten into some odd things that just make me sneeze before. And they always get better at stashing those things in better places, especially sweet things. But I noticed that it’s always like a tiny little ball of food that is specially delivered to you. So if you catch them doing that, it might be a funny tasting vitamin and you’re in for a tart surprise.
Can you think of any other tricks that your mischievous pals like to come up with? And do tell us so that we don’t fall for the same pranks pulled, or better yet, what can we do to turn it around on them!