Lulu’s Playtime Tips, Part 4: Barking, Jumping, & Posturing

Hello friendlies! Lulu here, along with my little assistant Penny! This week I’m presenting part four of my playtime tips, which is all about communication and personal space, by which I mean, barking, jumping, and posturing. Check it out!

Lulu: “All right, which one of you jokers added the cartoon sound effects to my video?”
Chaplin: “We have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Now as you can see, in the first part of this video, Penny is quite clearly communicating with me that she wants to keep playing. She does this by barking in my face a lot.

Chaplin: “Is that what she’s saying? Because it mostly sounds like a lot of yammering to me.”
Lulu: “What happened to ‘I speak fluent dog’?”

In the middle part of the video, Dada showed up to see what all the communicating was about, so of course I had to go see him. Naturally this involved my lying down in front of Dada, and Penny took the opportunity to jump over me a few times. This is because, by making myself low, it looked like I was in turn inviting her to come over and play some more, when really I was just looking to see if I could score a few belly rubs.

Charlee: “Isn’t it always a safe bet to assume you’re looking to score a few belly rubs?”
Lulu: “It’s a fair cop.”

And in the last part of the video, filmed a little bit later in the day—which you can tell because now Dada is wearing shoes—I actually was inviting Penny to play more, by rolling around on my side and back and waving my paws in the air. This is what Dada refers to as the “come on party people” maneuver, which apparently is a line from an old song that he likes by a group called The Bloodhound Gang, which, sadly, has no bloodhounds in it, as far as I can tell:

Anyway, as you can see, another one of the key elements of a good play session is proper communication, both verbal and non-verbal.

Chaplin: “So ‘proper commuinication, both verbal and non-verbal’ means yammering and also telling the difference between begging for belly rubs and flopping around like a fish in the bottom of a boat?”
Lulu: “Yep! Why, how do you cats communicate?”
Charlee: “We do it entirely by tail-swishing and ear-positioning. You should try it sometime, it’s the height of eloquence.”
Lulu: “I don’t think that would work for me. My tail pretty much either just wags or else spins like a properller.”

Thanks for your time and attention, friendlies! This is Lulu, rolling over and out!

11 thoughts on “Lulu’s Playtime Tips, Part 4: Barking, Jumping, & Posturing

  1. The Bloodhound Gang – that’s a blast from the past!

    Thank you for explainings to us the art of BJP (barking, jumping & posturing) and the COPP (come on party people) tips.

    So if you wants to motivate someone to play with you more, you roll around on your side and back and wave your paws in the air… Will this work to get someone to play Scrabble with me if I roll on my back and wave my arms around? xx


  2. I love the video and sound effect made me laugh so hard!!! Playtime is the best time! Happy Sunday Lulu and family!



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