Have you Seen This? Dog plays dead to stay at park

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THE PARK — I hope we all remember that feeling we had as children, wanting just one more run down the slide or one more ride on the swings before heading back to the boring old house. The park was the place to be.

It seems that dogs have similar feelings as you can see (and hear) from a dog who complains loudly when told it’s time to leave the park, and from a dog who displays an entirely different form of resistance in this video.

If you had older brother, you are familiar with this dog’s technique called “dead weight.” I can tell you from experience that this method that involves letting your entire body go limp, making it more difficult to be dragged or carried, is terribly effective. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 65-pound child or golden retriever, that dead weight will hinder anyone trying to get you to move.

As the dog lies completely limp on the ground, the owner tries talking, poking and prodding, and even a bit of dragging to get his reluctant beast to move. It’s not until the dog thinks he might get a game of fetch that he even budges.

Sometimes bribery of treats or activities is the only way to break a will of iron like this dog’s ... or most toddlers.

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Martha Ostergar

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