Always be ready to respond when an opportunity presents itself. Pico sleeps most of the day and when he is awake he is largely off in his own world. However, when it comes to food, he is alert and ready. My wife and I food shop on Saturday mornings. When we arrive home, we spend several hours preparing meals for
the next 2-3 days. Our activity is a combination of cutting up a variety of vegetables for salads as well as preparing meals that can be refrigerated and then popped into the oven during weeknights. Pico
will race around the kitchen, back and forth between the two of us ever ready for us to drop some food. Even though he knows he is supposed to “leave it” (a command we had taught him so he will not gobble down our medication should we accidentally drop a pill), he is still ever vigilant in his quest for food.
We seldom feed him as we are preparing food and never feed him from the table; but he is still ready, waiting for the opportunity to get food. If he wasn’t “at the ready” at all times, he would have missed out on the rare occasions when a piece of vegetable will fall to the floor and he gets the opportunity to obey the command to “leave it” and ultimately gets rewarded with