Dear George, I’m a very young rescued kitten! I share my new human parents and my forever home with three little human kittens and a bid dog, named Jake! I must admit as much as my human siblings wanted me in their life….Jake didn’t! He was just an old, grumpy dog who was jealous of me getting all the attention! It took me about 2 weeks to train Jake to become my best friend and guardian. Now we sleep together – me under his protective big paw! Both Jake and I have received wonderful toys and treats for Christmas! But, last night I heard my mummy asking the human kittens to come up with at least three New Year’s Resolutions! I’ve panicked! Would she ask me too? Jake? First of all I don’t know what the New Year’s resolutions are or what their purpose is! Do cats and dogs need to make some? Or are they only for humans? I’m scratching my head to come up with at least one but I can’t think of anything! George, I need your help. Can you make some suggestions? New Year’s Eve is only few nights away! I’m sure Jake will benefit too! Purrlease…some ideas so we won’t be caught off guard! Wishing you, Celia, the Feline World and their humans a Happy Healthy New Year! Whiskers
Feline new year resolutions should be simple. What does a pet human need? It needs more training and some careful encouragement for good behaviour. A well trained human is a happy human! The same goes for Jake, your canine companion.
But let’s be clear. It easier to train a human if it doesn’t know it is being trained. So I suggest that you do not let your human discover what your resolution is. Merely put your resolution into practice from January 1 onwards. The ideal pet human is well behaved and obedient without realising that this behaviour has been trained into it.
Be firm. Be consistent. Be kind. These are the principles of training an inferior species.