Picture it! My three canine friends were taught they would receive the gift of a treat on the correct response to the two-word command, “Sit pretty!”
On this day, the command was used to capture them all together in a “sitting pretty for the camera” position. They complied, each in their own unique way.
The puppy on the left, NewBe, is rather confused by being commanded to sit pretty and shoots me, the photographer, a rather quizzical look, as if to say, “So where’s my treat?”
The gal in the center, Scratch, loves to please and is content to pose for the camera for however long she is asked to do so.
On the right we have Tidbit, mother of the other two dogs. Tidbit fancies herself the true leader of the pack. She sits, albeit unwillingly, which can be noted in her grimace.
Note: After our photo session, the girls received doggie treats for their good behavior!
While I managed to capture my family of dogs on camera, more importantly I learned a lesson on this day. Their reactions to my desire of the moment taught me to never again misuse a command in a way that would be confusing or demeaning to them.
My teaching trio of dogs also made me think of how often I might do this same thing with my human friends–resorting to barking demands or using bribery to get what I want from them. (Not a very pretty picture!)