PLAYING BY DOG RULES

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The other day I learned something.  If I want to play with the Boys, I’ve got to adapt to playing by dog rules…

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In the middle of the day, temperatures have been rising close to 100 degrees, pushing the heat index into triple digits. This weather pattern has been pretty consistent for at least a week, with another week of similar predictions to go.

Therefore we’ve been spending the bulk of our afternoon hours inside.

Due to the heat, we’re walking much earlier the mornings so Harley takes advantage of our “indoor” hours to catch up on a few extra naps.

Jaxson doesn’t take naps #whyLordwhy

So when he brought me his Kong toy, I assumed he wanted me to play with him #whatwasIthinking

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Apparently, this was either NOT the case, or I was NOT playing by dog rules. #dontrememberamemo

He confiscated his toy, placed a death grip on it between his paws and refused to look at me. Just that quickly, our play time was over.

Was this because I wasn’t playing by dog rules?…

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It was almost as warm inside as it was outside. #itsgettinghotinhere

Do you have to play by your dogs rules? Where do I get the playbook?

Have a happy hump day – keep smiling

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54 Comments
  • Nichole
    July 6, 2016

    BOL about the my ball, my game, my rules……. Teutul would agree 100%!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      It’s so funny to watch him go through his antics.

  • Oz the Terrier
    July 6, 2016

    LOL! We play by dog rules here too despite the fact that I don’t know all of them!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      I don’t think it’s designed for us to know all of them. We do good to catch on to the top three.

  • Elaine
    July 6, 2016

    Haley does this sometimes and I finally figured out what was going on with her.
    http://chasingdogtales.com/dogs-barter-trading-toys-treats/

    I wonder if Jax might be wanting to trade instead of play? I guess we’ll never know for sure what’s going on inside their heads, but it’s fun trying to figure it out, haha!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      It is very interesting. I’d love to climb into their head and watch it process stuff.

  • Tootsie
    July 6, 2016

    Dog rules are very imPAWtent! 🙂 BOL.
    xo
    Tootsie

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      So I am finding out!

  • Two French Bulldogs
    July 6, 2016

    BOL mom said we rule the roost
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      Now that I can believe. Please let your mom win sometimes though – okay?

  • Melody Lassalle
    July 6, 2016

    Jaxson wants you to guess at the rules. Misha has her own rules. Rule number one is “I will never chase after the toy after the third throw. You go get it.” Rule number two is “If you hit me with the toy, no matter how gently, I will act as if you’ve given me a mortal wound.” Rule number three “I prefer to run wild and attack my squirrel toy at random.”

    I have a feeling Jaxson’s rules are different.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      Now you’ve got me thinking…. I’m going to have to watch Jaxson a little closer. Not sure I’ve got all the rules figured out after all. Did you say “mortal wound?” That is so funny.

  • Valerie
    July 6, 2016

    Haha, yes! That’s so true, I guess we all have to play by our dog’s rules!! They trained us pretty well!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      Yep! they sure do!

  • The Daily Pip
    July 6, 2016

    In our house its cat rules …even for the dog.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      I can see that happening!

  • All Dogs Welcome
    July 6, 2016

    If only we could understand, maybe we’d have a chance at winning! These summer temperatures make it difficult to have enough playtime for sure.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      I don’t think they’ll ever allow us to win! #conspiracytheory We’ve got the rest of the week at triple digits, then they said it should cool off a bit. We caught some quality time in the backyard right before the thunderstorm. Great breeze – it was so nice.

  • Kari Neumeyer
    July 6, 2016

    If you get the handbook, please pass it along. Leo was pulling the stuffing out of a comforter yesterday, which I thought meant he wanted to play, so we went outside with a ball. He let me throw it once, then wandered off. Silly boy.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      Kari – we may have to write one on our own. LOL

  • Spencer the Goldendoodle
    July 6, 2016

    I didn’t realize there was any other rules than dog rules!!! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      Silly me – I was #doodleclueless But I know now!

  • S'more Dogs
    July 6, 2016

    I’ve tried to play by “Dog Rules” but they get a little freaked out and unsure when I try to play bitey-face with them!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      LOL – now that’s something I’ve got to try one day 🙂

  • Christine Caplan
    July 6, 2016

    Walter also never takes naps — and it’s mind blowing how much energy he has… and he also doesn’t play by the rule book either. Why!! We play tug a war and he always wants to win. So sometimes I let him win and then unless I get to win every once in awhile play stops. I’d also like the handbook on why socks are the BEST toy even when there are 50 other toys that are acceptable to play with. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      Oh don’t get me started with the sock issue! Christine – before he was potty trained I was pulling socks out of his mouth and almost from down his throat. He does’t destroy them, just likes to run around the house with them as if he’s serving a purpose. Silly Doodle 🙂

  • Jackie Bouchard
    July 6, 2016

    That’s so cute. And that’s way too hot! I’d just want to lay around too – I think Harley has the right idea! Hopefully Jax will start appreciating naps soon!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      HA! At this point Jackie, it doesn’t matter whether he naps or not. By 8:30pm the night belongs to me! He’s out like a light 🙂 We had about an hour this evening before the rain came. It was glorious – the wind was blowing and we all were running around the backyard like crazy.

  • Dolly the Doxie
    July 6, 2016

    OMD a light bulb just lit over mom’s head because she just realized that is what I am doing, playing by my rules. It drives her nuts just like Jaxson does you, she doesn’t like to play like I do. Too bad. Love Dolly

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      It just takes some of us humans a bit longer to catch on. You four legged family members have many rules – hard to keep up sometimes. 🙂

  • Rebekah
    July 6, 2016

    It is dog rules, or no rules at all here. : )

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 6, 2016

      I’m beginning to get that same message around here now a days Rebekah! – loud and clear LOL

  • M. K. Clinton
    July 7, 2016

    We definitely play by the boys rules or they won’t play either! Bahaha!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 7, 2016

      I guess we’re really NOT in charge after all huh? LOL

  • Emma
    July 7, 2016

    Mom says each dog has their own game and own way they like to play. If you know your dog, things go well, if you try to change your dog, they may not go as well. Bailie is the only toy playing one here, so that makes toys a bit easier, but we have other games without toys we enjoy.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 7, 2016

      Harley doesn’t like to play with toys much either – he would rather cuddle or sleep LOL Jaxson is crazy about toys but treats each one of them differently. I guess I miss read his rules for the one he brought into my bed 🙂

  • Forest Poodles
    July 7, 2016

    Maybe he just wanted you to see his toy?! The poodles do that sometimes. Hope you stay cool in that heat!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 7, 2016

      I’m not sure what he wanted, but I learned what he didn’t want – that was me playing with his toy! LOL We’re inside a great deal during the middle of the day, I try to keep them outside before it gets dark – if it’s not raining.

  • All Things Collie
    July 7, 2016

    Well…they are in charge you know!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 7, 2016

      Ain’t that the Doodle truth!

  • Rachel
    July 7, 2016

    Definitely! Rooney’s rules are all about having fun and not sharing lol!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 8, 2016

      Jaxson switches up so much it’s hard to keep up. LOL

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    July 7, 2016

    Gambler has his own rules too.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 8, 2016

      Isn’t it interesting how they train us?

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    July 9, 2016

    Callie and Shadow always played by the same dog rules; and after a while I figured them out. BUT DuckyDoodleDemonDog has her own set of dog rules. She likes to entertain herself out in the yard so Shadow and I let her while we play.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 11, 2016

      You crack me up with that DuckyDoodleDemonDog name – I love it. Harley is like that most days.

  • Jan K
    July 10, 2016

    This made me chuckle, because just this morning my hubby was playing with Cricket and the toy she had. Next thing he knows, she gets up and walks away with her toy and takes it all the way down to the bedroom! Apparently, he doesn’t get the rules either! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 11, 2016

      Apparently! I laugh at them all the time wondering what they must be thinking about us! Do you ever wonder? Scary huh? LOL

  • Monika & Sam
    July 10, 2016

    Apparently our rule book is written in Doglish, a language I’m clearly not fluent in. 😉

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 10, 2016

      HA! That could be my problem also! Where can we buy a translation dictionary? LOL

  • Katie J. Ewing
    July 12, 2016

    Haha, that’s so cute! I think we need a doglish course!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 13, 2016

      Yes, we all could certainly benefit from that!

  • Nicholas A. Landa
    July 18, 2016

    I usually play with my dog. This is a way to release stress very nice.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 19, 2016

      You are certainly correct Nicholas. I often have playdates with my Doods to avoid any stress build-up! Thanks so much for stopping by! Come back and visit again soon.

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