QuickPress: Hurry Up!

I was getting ready to go to sleep — finally! — when Barnum, as is his habit of late, indicated he needed to go out. (He always has to go out right when I’m about to turn in.)

I took him out. I have very carefully not been giving him the cue to pee (“Hurry up!”) until he is in the act of peeing or has just started to squat.

However, before I release him to relieve himself, I tell him, “Release. Free walk!” Which means, you are not working now, you are free to sniff things and relieve yourself and generally be a dog, as long as you keep a loose leash.

Because I’m so dang tired, instead I said, “Release. Hurry up!” And he gave a little start and sniffed out a spot and peed, right away!

Weeeeeeee! (No pun intended.)

Sharon, the muse of Gadget, and Barnum, empty SDiT? (or is that SDiPee?)

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2 Responses to “QuickPress: Hurry Up!”


  1. 1 Starre May 12, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Yay Barnum! I remember the first time I gave Mdog the “empty” command preceding the event was in the middle of a rain storm, and he was trying to find some location in the 5 foot circle allowed by the leash that he could pee without getting wet. I told him to empty and he gave me the face that he makes when hes figured a problem out, and peed.

  2. 2 Sharon Wachsler May 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Ah yes, the lightbulb moment! They are great.


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