Benji’s Training Day

All photos taken on May 14, 2022.

Benji, the Wonder Dog here. You can call me Wonder, if you like, ’cause, you will wonder where I am going, what I am sniffing, what I will be barking at and will I come when called. I like to keep my pack of Hoomins guessing. Its who I am. Its what I do.

Today, I used my superpower telepathy to get my Hoomins to put the leash on me. I could have done it myself, but, my Hoomins are in training and I wanted to see how they would do.

On the way down to Sunset Beach, I taught them how to slow down, by stopping to sniff frequently, pausing from time to time to eat some of that leafy green stuff that grows outdoors here (or whatever else I find that is interesting) and by deliberately winding my leash around poles, trees and my Hoomins to ensure they have the dexterity to control me and themselves. Its my “can they walk and chew gum at the same time” test. They passed my test, but, just barely.

I walked where I wanted to walk, they walked where I wanted them to walk.

Walking and woofing down Sunset Beach.

Just before leaving the waterfront, I pulled my Hoomin over to a brightly coloured bunch of doggy salad and made him pose with me. Does he not look pretty?

Entering Stanley Park, I saw this bright yellow sign with a Mommy and Baby Coyote on it. I’ve seen them around. There is nothing special there. Why do THEY get top billing here? Where is MY sign? I’m gonna have my Hoomins talk to the authorities about that.

OK, now I could start the Hoomin training in earnest. I needed to teach my Hoomins how to walk behind me, at my pace and come off the path and back on whenever I want them to. They did OK….ish, but they need more practice.

Benji, the Overseer

Come.

I SAID….COME. That’s better. Ya gotta pay attention or I won’t let you rub my tummy when we get home.

Ahhh, here we are at the 2 legger/4 legger separator device. My Hoomin was confused about which lane we should use. I let him know that no dang horse is better than Benji, the Wonder Dog. Harumph. He got the message.

Look at Me. Look at Me. You have to stop looking around and barking at the other Hoomins when they walk by. No treat for you until you learn this lesson. Stay, Stayyyyyyyyyyy, Come.

Now, it is time to exert my authority and see how much pulling force it takes to drag my pack along. Not much, as it turns out. Box checked!

OK, we will now do some dexterity training. We will see how close you can get that orange bouncy thingie to me. You throw it. If it comes close and I don’t have to run too far, I’ll bring it right back to you. If it comes 5 feet from me, I will bring it back and drop it 5 feet from you. Same story for 10 feet, 15 feet and so on. If you do this three times in a row, I will double the gap between you and where I drop it. Got it? Trust me, you WILL learn.

OK, I think you’ve got it, but your accuracy still needs improvement. Wait until I do your performance review. Maybe you will get it then.

One more chance. We will try it on grass. That gravel was a pain on my paws.

Great arm extension, good toss, excellent bounce, right to me. Now you’ve got it. Take me home. I’m off the clock. Benji out.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

16 thoughts on “Benji’s Training Day

    1. Ahhh, Lynette, I have to trick them to stay on top of them. I wait until they lay down and then make myself comfortable on them. They know I’m the Alpha. 🐾🐾

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    1. Those hoomins of mine are almost untrainable, so I could be barking up the wrong tree there. I may be almost Arfway there. Thanks for barking back. I woof to hear from my fans. The Benj. 🐾🐾

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  1. Well done! Training hoomins sounds like an exhausting affair, but it seems like they did their best! Your hoomin looked really nice along the flowers! I hope you have given them a little treat! Positive enforcement helps hoomins learn faster! 🙂

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    1. It was exhausting indeed Jay, but I snuggled down comfortably on them when we got back home. You know, kinda Good Dog,. Bad Dog treatment. They have to be led with a stern leash, but I am a benevolent Wonder Dog. 🐾🐾

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