Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production, once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Poor Sophie here has no clue. She’s just doing what she’s always done. Play outside, smell food, come to the door, wait at the door, see the owner and wait for the owner to open the door, the owner opens the door and I come in! It’s that last step that has her confused and stuck doing what she’s always done. There is no screen on this door! She can walk right in, sniff around the floors for any potentially missed snacks, and take a nap.
How Sophie the dog reacts when the back door has no barrier?
The owner was in the process of replacing the screen. But does Sophie pick up on that minor detail? Nope! Not right away, at least. Sophie is a charming little canine, isn’t she? And a rule-follower. That’s not such a bad trait in a dog. We’d be more concerned if Sophie came crashing through the door when the screen was in place! And who knows? Maybe that’s exactly why Sophie will not enter now—she doesn’t want a face full of resistant mesh again!
No worries. After a few minutes of trying to persuade and bribe Sophie to enter by offering her a cookie, Sophie takes that bold step across the threshold, her wagging little tail right behind her, coming in.