July 7th 2008 7:15 am
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Sometimes our owners go through a stubborn phase, which can make successful begging a challenge. I, being an expert begger, will share some techniques that almost always work for me:
SAD EYES: It works! Practice the sad stare until you have it down pat, then add THE CANINE STATUE TECHNIQUE. Practice sitting very still, nothing must move except your (sad) eyes, which should follow each bite the human takes, from the plate to the mouth. Always perform this technique within direct sight of the human. You should be positioned in such a way that it is very difficult to avoid looking at you. If you can find a spot in view of two humans, so much the better---this doubles your chances of success. You should practice SLOBBERING, because that is a very effective technique to add to SAD EYES and STATUE. You need to practice until you can maintain a good long slobber. Some dogs can almost reach the floor with their slobbers.
Some owners have formed the habit of, during meal times, banishing us to our crates, another room, or, worst of all-- outside. This makes successful begging difficult, but not impossible. Vocalizing will often work: Start with a pitiful whine. Skip this step if the human is hard of hearing, and go directly to the next step: THE FULL BLOWN CRYING TECHNIQUE. This is similar to the whine, but louder, much louder. If you still have no positive results, you can try HOWLING. This should be very sad sounding and drawn out-----(yipyipyip oooooooooo!). It should sound like you have lost your best friend. Keep this up; if you still are unsuccessful, you can at least be happy that you made your (stingy) human's meal much less pleasant than it otherwise would have been!
My Dad is very succeptable to the SAD EYES technique, and I seldom have to go beyond, but when Grandma was with us, I often had to resort to SLOBBERING. But when we go visiting, sometimes I get put in my crate at mealtimes. That is when CRYING comes in handy. On the rare occasions when I get banished to the outside, I have to resort to HOWLING.
I hope this helps.
(the incredible) Hulk
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