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Daisy the instigator – Do you have a dog who manages your household too?


10154171_544589315662454_170508923735305855_nI saw this image on Facebook and laughed.

If you have a dog, then you know they are creatures of habit, and letting you know it is dinnertime is one habit they have mastered well. My mother’s dog, Jake, knows when dinnertime is (when Wheel of Fortune comes on), but he will try like mad to get my mother to feed him early. She never does, but he keeps on trying.

In my house, Daisy is the time-keeper. She reminds us when it is time to eat and when it is time to play. She announces dinner time by prancing from her kennel to the living room to the kitchen and back to her kennel again, getting all the other dogs whipped up into a frenzy. This prancing continues until the food has been delivered to her kennel.

She also reminds us when it is time to play games or going for walks by wagging her tail and pacing back and forth in excitement. It continues until the message has been received.

As it turns out, that Daisy is the time-keeper and family instigator for a lot of the activities in our house. I never realized how much she really “managed” until she was gone for the few days following her surgery.

While she was gone:

  • I had dogs looking for meals, but not with the intensity that I see when Daisy is here. She gets everyone whipped up with excitement.
  • There was no push to have game night. Daisy always gets things started by pacing back and forth from her kennel and the living room while wagging her tail in excitement the whole time. She will stop, give me the look, and then start pacing again. Soon all the other dogs are getting excited too.
  • The urgency to go outside often was a lot less intense. Daisy often leads that push as well.
  • The demand for cheese after coming inside (something we started for Maggie) is forgotten or given up quickly.Daisy is not one to miss a cheese reward if one is expected.
  • Maggie took over the whole end of the couch and slept without interruption (that is Daisy’s spot when she is home).

But Daisy is not the only instigator, Jasper does it too. He loves nothing better than to get Cupcake riled up so she will run to the fence to bark at the neighbor’s dog with him. And Cupcake loves to get everyone whipped up in the morning during their last potty break (before I leave for work). She runs around outside barking and prancing away and then comes inside the house and barks for me to get back inside so I can get their Kongs out of the freezer. Her excitement often gets Jasper circling the coffee table in excitement and has Maggie and Daisy running around too.

Each dog has an activity they “own” in our house, but by far Daisy appears to be the one who owns the most. And, she manages us well. If things are too boring, she is likely to whip things up. If there is food involved, she is all too willing to let me know she wants a piece of it and her siblings do as well. If add a new activity to our schedules (e.g., game night), she will remind me that we have not yet done that activity for the day. She is the instigator, house manager and coach.

Do you have a dog like Daisy? If so, what activities does he/she manage in your home and family? 

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  1. March 5, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Snorts – me and the little guy Houdini here keep mom and dad pretty much on a tight schedule. As an oinker, I really love to maintain a schedule – if it goes off kilter, you’ll know about it. The purr things – well they pretty much know their treat routine too. XOXO – Bacon

  2. March 5, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Bella is our little instigator in our house. She always pokes at Nikita with toys as she runs past her, she always grabs the toy that Nikita is playing with and then runs, and she is always the first at the door or window to bark at well, anything. They both always know when it is time for Daddy to arrive home by watching Mommy pour a glass of wine for him, then they sit by the back door together and wait.

  3. March 5, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    My sheepdogs were much more regimented than Sam is and they were brutal about routines. Sam is so laid back and easily distracted if I’m a few minutes late, I don’t get the what-for like I did with the OESs. You could set a clock to those dogs! BOL 🙂

  4. March 5, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Yes. His name is Leroy. I know you’re shocked. Walks, dinner, outside time, play time, car rides. He manages it all.

  5. March 5, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Roxy is the morning alarm clock. She hasn’t been feeling well this past week, so has been sleeping in. And, so have the rest of us.

  6. fredrieka
    March 5, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Oh I know what time it is, for dinner and bedtime treats

  7. dachshundnola
    March 5, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Haha, very much so. Nola is the instigator in all things.

  8. March 5, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Surprisingly, Maggie is our Daisy…she starts the mealtime prance as early as she can get away with it. Woke me up out of a sound sleep this am for breakfast.

  9. March 7, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Daisy should write a productivity article! 🙂 Maybe we could all learn a thing or two from it.

    • Mel
      March 8, 2015 at 7:36 AM

      LOL! Maybe she should! She definitely runs things here very effectively. 🙂

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