My Mom needs some help FAST or we may never get to play with our Beautiful Bellamica again!
That's Bella, hiding behind me in the picture.
You want to know why Mom's mad at Bella?
Because Bella keeps teaching Sable and me to run away!
Now, Mom knows that this is a problem and that Bella does it every chance she gets, so Mom was actually going to do a little "training" with us this afternoon. She took us out front (where there is no fence) and stood out there with us. Of course, Bella's smart and she never leads us away while Mom is LOOKING.
Bella just sat quietly or wandered around the front yard and driveway with Sable and I. Every now and then, Bella would start trotting down the driveway ~ like she was going to run away ~ and Sable and I would follow her. 'Cuz Bella always takes us on FUN adventures!
Well, Mom had a pan with some REALLY yummy "hot-dish" in it and she'd call us back, as soon as we started down the driveway and we all ran right back to Mom and got yummy rewards! Bella figured out that if we stayed up in the yard and didn't go down the driveway, Mom would give us treats so she just stayed in the yard. Mom decided that she'd have to fool Bella to get her to start leading us away...
So Mom hid, just inside the front door and sure enough, Bella started down the drive with me and Sable happily following along. But Mom popped back out the front door and called us and said she'd give us treats so we ran back to her and got SPOONFULS OF GOOD TREATS! This training stuff is great fun!
Again, Bella just hung around, so again Mom hid inside the front door. Only this time, Mom was a little slow at jumping back out and we were halfway down the driveway when Mom popped out. Bella was already running at a pretty good clip. Mom called and said we'd get treats but Bella just ran faster! Of course, Sable and I just HAD to follow Bella...
Boy, was Mom mad!
She jumped into the Jeep and followed us across the road and over the bridge and down a long driveway by a creek! She drove right up to us and slammed on the brakes and opened the doors to the Jeep. Bella hopped right in. Mom called Sable and I and we got in too. Mom didn't say a word on the way home. She just GLARED at Bella.
When we got home, Bella got put into a PEN. Bella (me or Sable either, for that matter) NEVER gets put into a pen. She's still out there too. Mom let Sable and I out of the Jeep and into the front yard and kept giving us treats for staying in the yard and coming when we were called. But none for Bella...
Me and Sable are kind of hoping that maybe some of you might have some training ideas that might help teach Bella to not lead us out of the yard when Mom's not looking. We sure don't want poor Bella to have to stay in that pen for EVER!!!