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