This is a technique, employed by dogs, to elicit their owner's full and undivided attention. I suspect it is learned in puppyhood, along with a multitude of other doggy skills, vital for the training of owners, such as:
- the 'cute' look when challenged over an act of wilful destruction or vandalism (see previous post for text book illustration)
- the 'desperately sorry' look, employed when presented with overwhelming evidence (again, see previous post for example of overwhelming evidence)
- the 'happy, happy jump up and down dance' at the sound of house keys being retrieved from drawer.
- the 'I'm never going to see you ever again and I will be discovered when only when I have become a bony skelington' look, used immediately after the happy, happy jump up and down dance when it becomes apparent that the words 'No, you must STAY' are imminent.
Me: sitting at my laptop, tip, tippy tapping away, obliviously.
Small dog: trots into study and sits very nicely on the floor, staring intently into my averted eyes.
Me: still oblivious
Small dog: puts front paws on my knee and applies CWN to any patch of exposed skin, preferably the back of a hand.
Me: shocked into attention, notices small dog and moves knees sideways to facilitate jump onto lap. Resumes tip, tappy tapping.
Small dog: quickly applies CWN to back of tip, tappy hand.
Me: "Ewwww!!!" Immediately refrains for tippy tapping to give small dog disapproving hard stare. Resumes tip, tappy tapping.
Small dog: gives small, but heartfelt sigh and applies CWN to back of hand.
Me: "Omigod....... will you PLEASE stop doing that!" Tentatively resumes tip, tappy tapping.
Small dog: raising eyes heavenwards in the manner of "will some people NEVER learn?!" and reapplies CWN to back of hand.
Me:"Oh for goodness sake. All right then. I'll give you a stroke......"
Small dog: settles down comfortably on lap, undisturbed by further tap, tippy tapping, and enjoys relaxing stroke.
Small dog - 56,873
Me - Nil