Every Dog Has Its Day. And Doesn’t.

Some days the dogs and I wake up and we just have “it.” I don’t know what “it” is or where “it” comes from, but I know there’s nothing like “it.” The pups and I are on the same page, have the same energy and everything about the day clicks perfectly.
Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, training, adventure, chicago, marking our territory

When we have “it,” training is a breeze, walks a joy, and problems nonexistent

Ah, “it” days, there’s nothing better. Of course, for every “it” day we also have what I call “definitely-the-opposite-of-‘it'” days. On these days it seems the pups decide to completely empty out their brains and my own noggin feels the same way. Yesterday was one of those not so glorious days.


All of our loose-leash progress? Gone.

On these types of days it’s not that my dogs don’t hear me, it’s more that they just don’t care what I have to say.


“What’s that, Will? You want me to perform a basic command I know perfectly?”


“Yeah, I could do that, but instead I’m just going to completely ignore you. Cool?”

These types of “not-it” days are not confined to puppies either. Eko (aka Mr. Reliable) has his fair share of days when he decides to act like a complete punk.


The master of insolence

On these types of days, Eko will look at me with those deep eyes to make sure I get the message loud and clear, “I know exactly what you want me to do, but I’m not going to do it.”

The exuberance of “it” days is nearly matched by the frustration of “not-it” days. But you can’t win them all, so I’ve found the best policy is to know when to fold ’em and call it a day. I’m not at my best every day, so the I think the dogs are entitled to have an off day when it comes to training/attitude.


Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum with their heads stuck in Wonderland 

Today is not an “it” day but I’m also happy to report it’s not a “definitely-the-opposite-of-‘it'” day either.

Yesterday got me thinking – what do you do when your pet is having an “off” day? I generally disengage and find a good night’s sleep cures all, but I’m interested to hear how other people help their pets get out of a funk.

35 thoughts on “Every Dog Has Its Day. And Doesn’t.”

  1. Geez Will, Penny is so pretty. I’m sure you hear lots of great compliments about your training and how well mannered Eko and Penny ‘usually’ are. That’s a really great photo of them both on the sofa. What great pals they’ve turned out to be. Petals is the Queen of ‘not it days’. She has a terrible habit of howling from the living room as soon as we go to bed. She knows where we are and is welcome to join us but she prefers to demand our attention in this way. So I generally shut to door to my room and she immediately quietens down. I give her 3 minutes or so and open the door. She usually hops up on the bed, gets a couple of snuggles and curls up with Blossum. So I guess my technique is to ignore here bad behaviour, LOL

  2. I was chuckling in commiseration the whole way through your post. Some days my dog Banjo (who looks not entirely unlike a small, beige Ridgeback) gives me the same look the Eko has in one of your photos. ‘Hmmm, you want me to get up off the couch? Go ahead. Make me. I think you are not very compelling. I think I will stay right here.’

  3. Jack is usually pretty reliable unless he is sick. Maggie on the other hand is as stubborn as stubborn can be sometimes. I disengage…I just let her be. No sense in forcing anything – only leads to frustration for everyone!

  4. Ralphie surprisingly is my trouble child. He gets in these “moods” where he picks on the Girls mercilessly. I actually have had to take the Girls for a drive to get away from him, and during the winter have resorted to putting him out on the sunporch for half an hour to “cool down”. Then he is sweet as peas…No idea what gets into him.
    Marty’s Mom


Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: