I wrote a Cornershot about how well my latest behavior modification technique was working on Thai. Every time he jumped on the dining room table, we put him in his Christmas sweater, which he HATES. The sweater seemed to inhibit his ability to make the leap to the tabletop, plus it embarrassed him to no end and he would just sulk away for a good long pout.
Sure, we sounded like the serial killer in the movie “Silence of the Lambs” (“It jumps on the table, it gets the sweater!”) but we were hoping it would get to the point that just seeing the sweater would motivate him away from the table. Psychological conditioning, you know, like the flags for the invisible fencing is often enough to keep a dog from crossing the invisible boundary.
We wanted that sweater to be his invisible fence.
Well, he’s become quite agile in the sweater now, and if even one chair is slightly pushed away from the table, he can easily make his way to the top. He’s just not a spirit that is easily broken.
So I give up. From now on, I’m just going to pretend he’s part of the table’s decor and wash the tablecloth more often.
You win this one, cat. Well, you win them all, if my score keeping is correct.
Speaking of winners, all three folks that commented on Monday’s post are winners of a prize from The Happy Wag Goody Bag. I will send each of you an email with a list and you can choose what you like from it.
Have a great weekend, readers!