The dogs get along amazingly well. Still, there are times when the brawling between the pups gets out of hand. It’s play brawling, but it can be loud and distracting, and, more than once, I’ve tripped over a tangle of dogs as they wrestled underfoot.
In these cases of extreme rowdiness, we employ the spray bottle:
It’s just an old bottle, filled with plain tap water, but it’s effective on all the dogs – especially Manny.
Manny knows the cupboard we keep the spray bottle in, and often it’s enough to simply open that cupboard and look at him pointedly. If that fails, holding the spray bottle, or placing it somewhere in plain sight works well, too. Only rarely do we ever have to actually squirt him.
The other morning, though, CPT America wanted to see just how powerful the spray bottle was. If he set it on the floor in the kitchen, for example, would that be enough to prevent Manny from crossing into the dining room?
He set the spray bottle on the floor to find out.
There’s the spray bottle, there’s Manny…and there’s Kipper, wondering why Manny won’t come into the dining room to play.
A few minutes later, Kipper’s still wondering…and Manny hasn’t moved a muscle.
Finally, Kipper gives up and flops down on the floor in disgust. Manny seems turned to stone.
We picked the bottle up shortly after that and gave Manny a great big treat.
He really is a good dog.
From the dining room table, pleased to report there is no precipitation of any sort falling this evening,