The most intent beggar

She is deeply in love with Jonathan. And ginger cats. #germanshepherd #pyrrhagram
How can you say no to those eyes?

Food. It’s a powerful motivator.

My friend Jonathan spent the weekend with us, and Pyrrha spent her time alternately nervous around him (if he tried to approach her) OR plaintively begging from him (because he plied her with a steady stream of Trader Joe’s ginger cats). As you can see, she was really working her adorable angles with him.

This just brought to mind another observation about shy dogs, or at least, our shy dog: Pyrrha would prefer that new people don’t try to interact with her at all. But if these aforementioned new people happen to be willing to slip her food? She won’t leave them alone!

Does your dog’s behavior change when food is present?

The kitchen beggar

As soon as we start cooking dinner, this is where you can find the dog:

The stoic kitchen beggar

Our kitchen is very tiny, and so she’s constantly in our way, but what a cute, fuzzy stumbling block!

She pretends like she’s being a great help to us.

The stoic kitchen beggar

When she doesn’t get scraps, she goes and sits by the back door and pouts. Just look at that mask of stoicism:

The stoic kitchen beggar

In other Pyrrha news:

  • She has been doing really well with Guion lately. Her fear of him continues to diminish and she initiates play with him much more often. He even gets tail wags when he comes home! It’s heartwarming to see her progress in this area.
  • Trick-or-treaters were handled with aplomb, if occasional fear. We kept her at arm’s length from any of the kids, but she was able to see and sniff in their general vicinity and she didn’t growl or display any excessive fear, which I felt was a small victory.
  • Her fear of nail clipping has gotten worse. I haven’t changed tools or tactics, but she is SO panicky now that I can’t even get her to hold still. I’ve been treating her for when I touch her paws and touch her paws in the presence of the clippers, but then she refuses all treats when I actually try to use the nail clippers. Any advice here? I think I just need to start back at square one?