Rule Breakers and Rule Followers
Can you guess which category Jack & Maggie fall into? It’s not what you would think.
Jack is absolutely a rule follower. He knows the rules and follows them to the letter. I think he’s worried he’s going to get tossed into the street again – which we could never do of course. When we first got Jack, on the first night I let him sleep out of his crate, he climbed up on the sofa. I gave him a look, told him to get down and he has never been up there again, never. Even if I invite him up, he won’t go. It’s a rule, and he’s not breaking it.
Maggie hasn’t quite grokked the concept of rules yet and because of her fearfulness, we are less strict with her on most things – but she rarely does anything wrong, so there’s not a lot of rules that need to be kept – her fear keeps her pretty inhibited and she stays within the lines most of the time.
You may remember earlier this year, I told a Mischief Monday tale of Jack sneaking out the dog door when we were playing ‘find the food’ in the backyard. He figured out he could leave the door to the back deck where he was watching me hide the treats and go down the hall and out the dog door into the backyard. All I needed to do was put him back in the house and when he poked his nose out the dog door again, I said “NO” and back inside he went and has never tried to sneak out again. See, rule follower. Maggie of course, never even used the dog door until recently, so it was never a problem with her.
Until the other day…our Magic Maggie, as we are now calling her, has found her rebel streak. I was outside hiding the treats around the back yard for the evening’s game, when all of a sudden I see this black bullet come charging through the dog door and out into the backyard. There’s Maggie, a huge smile on her face and so excited that she escaped the house and can start the game! I laughed so hard and was so proud of her bravery. She reasoned it out that she didn’t have to wait at the deck door – she could race around and out the dog door and get a head start on Jack! No way could I put her back in the house as I did with Jack…so now I probably have to close the dog door when we play find the food.
She just learned to use the dog door last month and now…Magic Maggie, our little rulebreaker.
Which is your dog, a rule breaker or rule follower?