New research

Howdy blogaroos. Squirmy here on a wonderful Wednesday. I mention the days of the week just to keep My Enforcer oriented. She’s retired. She is still writing 2020 when dating things. she needs me to keep her on track. Really.

Plus, I need to remind her that if she gives me more belly rubs, I can make her blood pressure go down, and make her feel more relaxed. Some new research here in Canada, just came out, confirming what previous studies have shown about how having us canines around contributes to human health. Here’s the latest:

Now I suppose I should “qualify” that my role in human well-being CAN be a bit of a stretch at times. Probably because when I am revved up (which is most of the time) and you try to pet me, I return the gesture by trying to bite you. OK. Not like a vicious Cujo bite. But more a “love nibble.” Which may include pulling on your clothes or pinching your skin. The other guys don’t do that. They just stand and enjoy the ear rubs. Me? I spin and bite. My Enforcer is always saying “where’s Tuggie?” Tuggie is a tug toy that I love to carry around and when I’m carrying Tuggie, I’m perfectly adorable. Because can’t do love nibbles while I have Tuggie in my mouth.

I’m not sure how I would have done in this study. Something tells me they used calm dogs in the research. Really, nobody in this household could fit that bill. I suppose the Boss CAN be calm. If he’s not barking. And the Coyote has the same opinion about ear rubs as he does about food – sometimes it’s AWESOME and other times he says “meh.” I DO enjoy ear rubs and good belly rubs, when I’m extremely tired. Then I’m Mr. Cuddles.

Anyway, that’s all the news from here. Oh. Oh. I forgot I had class on Sunday night. My Enforcer had contacted our coach and teacher before class to explain that I’ve been a bit…ummmm…wild during training lately at home. And of course she mentioned the bunny episode. So she didn’t know how I would be in class. So guess what? I was GREAT in class. Gotta keep ‘em thinking. It’s called intermittent reinforcement. I’m brilliant at it…

Have a good one. Peace and paws w. Stay safe.

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