To recap: there was the wooden spoon he extracted from the dish-drying pan:
We’ve taken a ton of training classes in obedience and agility and tricks as I urge Tucker to use his brains over his brawn in all situations. For the most part he does so, and he loves learning so much I feel terrible when I don’t have something new for us to work on.
His most currently acquired skill is closing doors and drawers. However, with this mastered, he’s trying to learn to open doors on his own. I'm not too sure I support him having this knowledge, so I haven't encouraged his extra-curricular studying. He’s getting the skateboarding down, but still hasn’t figured out that it’s not just a “trick” but something fun to do—that he can move of his volition and take charge of where he goes.
Some people believe that dogs can’t generalize and that they simply “react.” But what I saw today proves that dogs don’t just respond with their given skill set, but problem-solve using the ability to foresee consequences and make a plan.
It also suggests that perhaps Tucker is interested in taking some Interior Design classes.
Due to my work schedule, I don’t have much of a social life these days so Tucker isn’t alone all too often. However, when I do leave for a few hours every weekend to run errands, I return to the house looking perfectly fine and Tucker generally not even caring that I’m back. So after two hours of being away, I was surprised to pull up to the house and see Tucker’s mug at the front window, tongue-out panting.
Let me start by showing you how the front room is normally arranged—including when I left for the post office:
I walked by the doorway to the front room, and discovered that the room was now arranged in this configuration:
Today marks the first day that Tucker has actually rearranged furniture—this time utilizing both brains and brawn to move the chair to the window and get comfy to await my return.
I’m hoping he’s not developing separation anxiety. I’m hoping it was, as a friend of mine pointed out, Tucker’s unyielding “determination to get comfortable.”
Perhaps by the time we return to California, he'll learn to order furniture online and he can fully re-decorate my living room while I’m out getting an oil change.