Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

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Daisy’s New Water Signal :)

on March 18, 2011

When Daisy wants something, everyone knows it.

From the first day we brought her home, Daisy made it perfectly clear when she wanted something she couldn’t get for herself.

If she wanted attention, she’d pull her Brat Yap on us – that shrill, bratty-sounding repetitive yap that pierces right through your eardrums. (Thanks to Jan Fennell’s book, we put a quick end to that…)

If she wanted to play, she’d race to find just the right toy and race back to us with it, play-growling up a pint-sized storm, thrusting it into our hand and pulling it away again. (She still does that!)

If she wanted to go for a ride, she’d sit by her travel crate and whine, staring holes in us. (She doesn’t even fit in the travel crate anymore!)

But when it came to wanting water, her signals have changed 3 times in 10 months. First she started a life-or-death barking campaign, but since she just bounced around the floor while she was barking, we never knew what she wanted!

Eventually someone will notice I'm standing here.... Hellooo-ooo!

She then revised that signal and started scratching madly at the bottom of her water bowl as if she would strike a gusher at any moment. That was a GREAT signal – we always knew what she wanted. Trouble was, she abused it and started scratching like a maniac at the bottom of her food bowl too, but she was just being a little piggy and we never fed her on demand.

That made her mad, so she decided that her bowls were chew toys and, when we said “No” to her food demands, she took her bratty frustration out on the food bowl.  My blog buddies know what that means – when the Destructo-Pup side of her personality emerges, nothing survives. I was NOT going to buy a new food bowl every other day! So when she’d treat her food bowl like a chew toy, she was put in the naughty room. It took a few weeks to break her of that habit (she even tried to chew the plastic mat underneath her bowls, dumping water everywhere!), but we finally won that battle.

Now she’s developed a new signal. She just sits or stands quietly next to her empty water bowl with a funny look on her face. Just sits there….staring. If we’re not in the room, she’s out of luck until someone happens to come along and sees her there. Sitting. Just sitting.

Quieter, yes, but not very effective. Funny dog, this little Daisy of ours! I have a feeling we’re in for many years of quirky, funny, silly little behaviors! I love it! 🙂

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5 responses to “Daisy’s New Water Signal :)

  1. Judy says:

    Try stainless steel food and water bowls, they are basically indestructible 🙂

  2. lol…So funny to think her attempts have changed so much. It’s so great that she’s learned to sit there quietly! What a good girl she is!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Yes…a good girl…when she chooses to be! LOL! Nah, we really have nothing to complain about. She’s so lovable and so much fun that we don’t even mind her little “transgressions”. 😉

  3. granny1947 says:

    It is going to be so interesting to see who wins the battle of the wills between you two…such a bright little button.

  4. barb19 says:

    She’s trying to transfer her mind thought to you, telling you her water bowl need a refill! She is so funny.
    Poppy does the same when she wants to go outside – she just sits and stares at the door, expecting it to open because she wants it to! No barking, just staring! Too bad if we aren’t around to see – but I’m sure she thinks we should be right behind her all the time to tend to her every whim!

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