Today Franklin is working on being my foot warmer.
Our desks are in his area, so when we are trying to work he gets antsy and thinks we should be playing with him. We decided to try to trick him into being my foot warmer when I'm at my desk, so that he will think we are playing with him but really he will be keeping quiet AND keeping my feet warm on these cold November days.
So far I have done nothing to train him, because he came and lay on my feet of his own volition. However I did praise him when he did this. After awhile, he got up, went and got his rawhide bone, and brought it back and lay back down! I praised him more. Now he's asleep and twitching. My feet are toasty and as a special bonus now I get to smell him real good while I'm working.
Is this my master-stroke? time will tell