Jack Russell Terriers learn rules quickly. Misha knows that when she gets up on the living room furniture she must be on a lap or towel. She has learned the rule so well sometimes she moves over quickly, sits down, and touches it with one paw. Sort of like the freeze tag rule.
Here she is sitting in the privileged spot with her buddy, Summit, off to the side. This is how it’s supposed to work.
My dog seems to understand that the only way to be on the couch is with the towel. Lately, I have found her parking her butt on the ottoman as she sees me come into the room. Yep, her butt is on the towel.
Sometimes, she tries to have the best of both worlds. Touch the human and the towel.
One day, I was outside. When I came in, I found Misha laying on the towel. Technically, it’s not supposed to work this way. There’s supposed to be a human around to give permission.
This look says “I’ll pretend I don’t see them and then they won’t be able to see me.”
How well does your dog know the house rules? Has he or she learned the stretch them like my dog?