Something happened last night that has me questioning my preconceived notions about our pets. Emma (our little Yorkie) woke me up at about 1:30. She was taking her paw and hitting it repeatedly against her water bowl so that it would knock into the wall and make a racket. She wanted a drink and she's discovered that if she does that I'll get my butt up and get her one. As I'm stumbling around in the dark trying to find the water faucet it hit me - she has me trained.
We think that we're the ones who've conditioned them to sit or stay or potty outside. But in reality we're the ones conditioned to pet them when they nudge our hand with their cold little nose or let them outside when they bark at the door.
Maybe we're both a little trained, and that's probably okay. I mean they have to communicate with us somehow since we can't have a conversation. So, do your pets have you trained?