Duke is a disobedient dog. He is sweet, funny, and smarter than a lot of people I know, but he doesn’t like taking orders. Or coming when called. Or stopping if told to “cut it out.”

He’s working on it, though.

He can’t figure out how come I know he’s trying to knock down the dining room gate even though I can’t see him. He hasn’t yet realized I can hear him, even from another room.

He is learning. Not as fast as I would like, but not bad, either. He connects the “time out” with the event that caused it … and not every dog does. We’ll work it out.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

45 thoughts on “THE DISOBEDIENT DOG”

  1. awww.
    probably no one ever really paid much attention to him, except to shout, KNOCK IT OFF, or not even that. You live in a truck, you don’t get much in the way of rules about things.

    love those pictures.

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    1. He was housebroken and that was IT. He didn’t know anything else. He is getting better though. Especially the last few days. Sometimes, I forget he had a home before this one. Two of them. And in neither did they teach him anything.

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      1. He does seem to be coming along. To his credit, Duke has brightened the lives of Bonnie and Gibbs. Given them new energy. Sometimes it’s like watching a simultaneous double feature. The show on TV and the furry kids live action feature.


    1. That’s his “See? I’m so good!” look. He is getting there, though. At least he notices when I say “no” these days. For a long time, he acted like he was suddenly totally deaf. He probably picked that up from my husband.

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    2. Mrs Swiss, late at night when Duke is tuckered out and napping between Marilyn and me on the sofa — it’s a “Walt Disney” moment.

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    1. He IS getting it, but he’s always looking for a way to outwit us. He knows he’s faster than we are, but he also knows where the goodies come from, so it’s a lot of carefully paced time outs, with rewards for doing well. It’s working, but he’s one of those dogs that tests you. Constantly.

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    1. You’d be surprised. He’s a good dog and a fun play pal, but he is super energetic and young. And he’s a big-time jumper. And he knocks down anything in his way. The rest of the time, he’s adorable πŸ™‚

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      1. Do you think maybe there’s some King Charles Spaniel in Duke? He’s so cute. He might be thinking he has to get Bonnie and Gibbs out of the way to be sure he has a home.


        1. A couple of people have suggested that. Sure, it’s possible. There’s some kind of Asian dog in him. His face looks King Charles but he also looks like a Papillon. I don’t think anyone knows. He is trying to get the other dogs out of the way except that when he isn’t doing that, he’s playing with them.

          I’m sure he has a lot of insecurity issues, but I can’t let him bully the other dogs. They are gentle and won’t fight back. Especially not Gibbs who just looks forlorn. It must be hard for him having been passed along so many times. I’m not passing him along, though there are days.

          So however difficult it is, he has to learn. And I have to teach. At least Garry kind of understands where we are trying to go with Duke and he helps. It is easier to not have to do this alone.

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    1. He is very cute. I wanted him because he is young and energetic. And he has really energized two dogs who did nothing but sleep. I didn’t realize he was also going to energize US πŸ™‚


        1. Our vet thinks he is adorable. He is adorable. But he absolutely is not any kind of Australian Shepherd. What he is is the big unanswered question. Sooner of later, I’ll have to do the DNA thing. Curiosity is getting overwhelming.

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  2. He’ll try to please you (especially if you give him cookies!) but if he thinks he can’t please you he’ll please himself – and that’s where the trouble starts πŸ™‚

    He does look kinda cute though – sneaky! – but cute.



  3. Duke! Use the puppy dog eyes, man! You can get away with anything then…. all you gotta do is flash that “I’m so very sorry. Won’t you take pity on this poor little doggie?” look! Now I guess I get a time out too for aiding and abetting….


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