On belly rubbing

You would think these days, when the internet knows everything that there would be some simple instruction so that humans can learn to rub a dog’s belly. The lucky human gets a dog and searches the internet for how to make them happy. The internet replies: “Rub their bellies!” Then all they have to do is look it up and they will see some YouTube videos or a website called “Everything you wanted to know about rubbing a dog’s belly but were afraid to ask!”

Unfortunately, none of this is true. Rubbing a belly is a bit like kneading dough when making bread. They cannot learn this from a book or a computer screen but must practise it or better still get first hand instructions from a more experienced baker.

Amber showing how to encourage a human to start rubbing her belly.

Thankfully most dogs are willing to put some time and energy into teaching their humans how to rub a belly. You really need to keep at this. If you are living with more than one human, start with the one who is most easily manipulated shows most promise. Make sure you offer them lots of encouragement. They like that and respond well to a doggy grin or a wagging tale. When there are several humans in the room make sure the belly rubbing novices see how much fun the expert belly rubber can get from this. With a small effort you should have them trained in no time.

You probably noticed that my last post was December 31st, 2015 and it is now January 1st, 2017. I don’t really have a good reason for not posting during 2016 but will try and make up for it this year.

Puppy Diaries #2 Alex

Alex is big and beautiful and always seems to have something to do. Usually it is crawling from here to there, practicing his walk and trying to teach the other puppies how to play. If he wants to go somewhere and I am in the way he will just crawl over my back rather than go round. He is also the pup who most frequently escapes from the box. He likes nothing better than finding one of his brothers or sisters and just plonking himself down on them and falling asleep.

 

Alex with me keeping an eye on him

Alex with me keeping an eye on him

Alexander the Big is what my people have called him and he is by far the biggest of the litter. He also seems to be first to do many things and is now busy teaching himself to walk. This short video shows him crawling around our back garden. He is also practicing hugging me and growling at my people if they try to punch his bottom. They should not be doing that anyway.

You can see Bonnie come in to check on Alex. He is the sort of pup we have to keep an eye on. We love him.

Driving for Dogs

When Rusty asked me to guest write a blog for The Intelligent Dog’s Guide to Humans I was very honoured but I had no idea what to write about. I am more of a dog’s dog than Rusty and I am not used to all this blog stuff she goes on about. She told me the other day she had put my picture on a book of faces or maybe a face of books. Anyway I had no idea what she was barking on about. Apparently Rusty and thousands of other corgis are on this website and they appear to spend their time looking at my picture and saying how much they like it. Strange but I suppose it is understandable!

I am much more practical than that and this is why in my first blog post I would like to deal with cars and how an intelligent dog can drive one. When Rusty and I were pups we moved into our house in Warsaw. There was a wonderful Corgi lady living there already called Itek. She was a very beautiful Pembroke Corgi and thought us many things. Rusty has already written about Itek who died last year and Rozsia who died in 2011. http://intelligent-dog.com/dog/photos-2/  One of the things Itek thought me is how to drive a car.

 

Itek giving me a driving lesson in a red car.

Itek giving me a driving lesson in a red car.

The first thing I learnt about cars is that dogs don’t go for any old car. We are not car snobs but a dog has to look good in the car and must be able to stick its nose into the wind. A convertible sports car is ideal for this. I believe that the best models are the red ones. They look very well and never cause problems. Some of my dog friends recommend a type of car called a red Ferrari. I am sure your humans will not mind going out and buying you one.

There is a secret to dogs driving cars and it is very simple. You need more than one dog to drive. One dog will sit where the pedals are and control the gas and brakes while the other does the steering. When you come across a dog driving down your street you will only see the one who is steering. Many humans cannot believe what they are seeing. How can such a small dog drive a car? Well now you know – there are two of us.

 

The author out on a drive

The author out on a drive

As you probably know if you read Rusty’s blog we have a very nice cat in our family called Sasza. She often asks if she could drive the car with us. When it comes to driving there are two problems with cats, they are very light and they sleep a lot. Sasza could get on the pedal and push it gently. When she concentrated she would be able to push it hard enough to get to 10 miles per hour. But next minute she would fall asleep. She would still be pushing against the gas pedal but only gently enough for the car to do 5 mph. I would have to keep driving for half the day waiting for her to wake up so we could stop the car. If your cat suggests she can drive do not fall for it.

Humans have all sort of strange rules for driving. In one country the car turning to the right has the right of way. In others it is the car which arrives at the junction first that has right of way. In our country we drive on the right hand side of the road. In the ancestral home of corgis, Wales, they drive on the left hand side. Traffic lights are a problem for dogs as it is difficult to make out the colours. My advice for all of this is to avoid police vehicles and stick to country lanes.

 

This car is smaller which makes it the right size for a dog.

This car is smaller which makes it the right size for a dog.

Driving is not so difficult for the intelligent dog. I have often been asked what the most difficult thing about it is. Well there is one thing that causes me a particular problem and I know the same is true for other dogs. It is impossible to put the key in and start the engine with your paw. I think this fact alone counts for the excellent canine driving safety record.

Guest Blogger – Bonnie

I would like to introduce Bonnie who will occasionally be joining us a guest blogger.

Our new Blogger, Bonnie

Our new Blogger, Bonnie

Bonnie is Pembroke Welsh Corgi so together we will have the two important world views (Cardigan and Pembroke). I know you will enjoy reading her blog posts.

Rusty,
Chief Blogger,
The Intelligent Dog’s Guide to Humans.