|Sometimes, he can just sit next to me|
"Baxter, get over here!" I yell.
He responds by wagging his tail, taking several steps away from me and peeing on a tree.
I continue to yell, to whistle, to no avail. My dumb dog will not come back. It's usually at this point I start to worry; what if he runs back and gets hit by a car, what if a mountain lion comes and eats him, what if he sees a raccoon and chases it....
On a mission, I march to Baxter, grab him by the collar where his eyes go wide. It's clear he knows he's done something wrong. I walk-drag him a few steps until he fights me holding him.
"Fine, but you better stay with me!"
And he does. He takes a step, turns his head and looks at me, almost like he's saying, "Look, look I'm right here!"
We get home, I open the door and yell, "Go lay down, right now!" It is not a pretty voice.
|He's all "Please just love me!"|
My boyfriend locks eyes with me. "What'd he do?"
"Ran off and wouldn't listen, so now he's in time out."
How time out works:
1) Baxter acts up. Typically it's him running off and not listening to me. It can be for a vast majority of reasons: other pets, something cool he wants to smell, etc.
2) Baxter DOESN'T come back.
3) We get home, I tell him to go lay down
4) He's not allowed to come near us until I deem him okay to be out of time out. Typically, I yell, "Bax, it's okay to come out now," or "Bax it's okay to come to bed now" and he RUNS.
5) For the next few days he listens a little better