My dog Smash is funny dog. Sometimes he wants to have lots of petting and attention and other times he is aloof and independent.
For the past few nights he has wanted to come in the house for a while and get petted. Then he will go back outside to sleep. It has been very cold, but he still prefers to sleep outside.
He does expect me to walk with him to the creek each morning. It does not matter if it is cold or raining or whatever, when I walk out the door, he runs toward the creek. If I don’t follow, he turns around and pouts.
Lately, since it has been so cold, I have begin cranking my Jeep first and letting it warm up while we walk to the creek. This confuses Smash.
When I go to the Jeep, he gets that sad look and then when I turn around to go to the creek, he hesitates a moment as if questioning whether I am serious or not.
For more stories about Smash see his Dog Behavior Blog.