Before You say that I am a mean person… Yes, I am teasing Ninja here!
But… Let me elaborate. Ninja loves to go outside.
Whenever he realizes that we are going for a hike, Ninja will dash to the door… Look at my hand, look at the door knob, look at my hand and then the door knob, etc…
Ninja used to never listen at all when he was this excited… It required a lot of training to even have him hold position when we were about to leave the house, or when he had to wait for his food, or to walk heel outside, or stay at a spot outside etc…
So the actual reason I do this, is to have him train his impulse control… He wants more than anything in the world to go outside, but due to the training decides not to rush to the door and wait. Instead he comes towards me, obviously with the perfect “let’s go!” expression on his face. He is really just waiting for the “release” of the “come here”-command.
Finally I let him go and reward him with what he wants most… Go hike.
Yeah, it is not a cool picture… But it is a nice example from our daily routines.
I’ll get You a picture in a bit 😊