"You don't need to talk to her as she goes across," the teacher comments when Ruby is safely down.
"Really?" Ruby's person says, adding a few syllables to what you may think of as "really."
"Every time you say something Ruby's looking at you and thinking 'Is this important?' You gave the command and she was carrying it out, so any new conversation is causing her to kind of recalibrate and it can be very distracting. In general we need to say less to our dogs."
Is this important?
If I edit the non-important stuff out of my general conversation, here's roughly what's left:
I love you.
I love you, too.
Dinner's ready, guys!
Could one of you go let the chickens out?
Are you hungry?
Where's your other shoe?
I miss you.
Are you thirsty?
Great game, kid.
Want me to read to you?
Let's sit on the porch.
Good night; have sweet dreams.
You're a good dog. You're a good dog, too.
yeah write and vote for your faves on Thursday.