Thursday, July 14, 2011

DoggyStyle: Ms. M the Cleaning Lady

Ever wonder how we are able to keep our home so clean?
Miss M actually moonlights as our cleaning lady. When I realized she was treat-motivated, I decided to teach her something useful. Here she is putting her own toys away in her cleaning lady uniform. Though I don't know what to make of her partner who just seems to stand around, then quits in the middle of his shift, and still wants to get paid:

43 comments:

buttersthelilyorkiepoo said...

Ms. M is like superdog! p.s. The peonies on your coffee table are beautiful!

waldobungie said...

I love her little "Russian Babushka" look! When we took Turk to obedience classes, our trainer swore that if we worked really hard, we would be able to get Turk to put away his toys or get out specific toys. I never believed it was actually possible - Ms. M totally proved me wrong. And the "Die! Dead" command is hilarious! We pretend to shoot Turk and he will dramatically flip on his back but he only has one level of "deadness." I like that Ms. M has the variations. You guys rock!

Traci said...

She is just too cute!! And it's hilarious how she will throw a toy down near the box but not quite in it, then look at you like "well, isn't that good enough?!" Then, realizing that no, that isn't going to produce a treat, run back to put the toy in the box.

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

I particularly love how Ms. M recovered from her wardrobe malfunction!

loveandaleash said...

I will NEVER get tired of the "put it away" routine. Can you illuminate me on how you accomplished this? I think Chick would be good at it, and I've been looking for another good trick to teach him.

The cleanliness of your house is always impressive, but I am even more curious -- how do you fight untidiness? Our house is fairly clean, but it seems that there area always papers, bags, dog bones, and dog beds scattered about.

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

The cuteness in that video is unbearable. Love it. I would like to hire Ms. M for my own home. What's her hourly rate? I have plenty of "balls" that need to picked up and put away. :)

For the Love of Dog said...

I love this!!! Your dogs are soooo well trained! I am very proud of you! Hehe. I know how much time you must have spent to get them to where they are now. It shows!

Of Pit Bulls and Patience said...

I can't stop laughing! Ms M really belongs on TV. The best part is that she is clearly having fun putting away her toys; it's a game, not a chore.

Harper said...

Incredible! Those are 2 fabulous dogs :) I too would love to know how exactly you went about teaching this routine! My apologies if you've already posted about it!

Froggy said...

I can never ever get enough of Miss M!!

Maggie said...

That picture is ridiculously cute. Seriously, over-the-top adorable!

Tucker The Crestie said...

Miss M. needs to hire herself out! She could afford lots more mac and cheese ice cream with her wages!

Kim @ Yellow Brick Home said...

I love this times a thousand! The maid outfit is the best. And I literally LOL'ed when she tried 3 times to put away that ring.

Okay, I hope Scott gets home soon so I can show him this!

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Ashley {A Cat in Gloves} said...

God I LOVE this blog! And completely unrelated...but WHERE did you get that coffee table with the 4 spider-ish legs??! I am looking for something EXACTLY like that!
A Cat in Gloves

Beth said...

What a smart girl!

www.truthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

That does it, I am loading our pups up & sending them to you for training! They both look very cute in their uniforms.

Benny and Lily said...

Ms. M would you min stopping by?
Benny & Lily

Sarah said...

I love how Mr B is like "hey, i can wave too, where's my treat?"

rottrover said...

Miss M, do you make house calls?? We'll sit around and wave with Mr. B while you're working, OK?

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

A&A Friese said...

Miss M is so focused and attentive! I am so impressed with all the tricks she knows! This is such a hilarious video I literally laughed out loud especially when Miss M is trying desperately to shake her scarf off her head ha. As alwawys your dogs are great :), but like you didn't know that already!

Bobby said...

How good Miss M is even her head dress suits her, on the other hand Mr B looks amazed she is putting the toys away.
Licks Bobby

road-dog-tales said...

Um, guys, we need to have a talk with you. You've got the training a little backwards - the PEEPS are supposed to do all the work! However, we are very impressed with Ms M's cleaning abilities. But Mr. B - it's not the 50's and guys are expected to do some of the housekeeping chores, too, dude! And, um, when you're done there, could you come over here and tidy up a bit? It's a mess 'cause NOBODY around here likes to clean up!

PeeS - haha our squiggle word is 'nonsit'

The Road Dogs

RED said...

I LOVE this. Ms M ROCKS. I've never watched one of your videos before - but I have to admit, she IS a circus dog! I'm so, so impressed!

houndstooth said...

Miss M, can you come over and clean my house next? Just too darned cute!

Two Pitties in the City said...

Thanks everyone! Miss M is so pleased she is now considering opening a "Putting Your Toys Away" business. For treats, of course. I realized I have never posted the steps, so we'll do a post next week with the details of how we taught her. And for other questions...
Alexandra--I guess since we have such an open floorplan, if one thing looks messy, it all looks messy. So we created an elaborate system of storage boxes where we just kind of toss things. But my real motivator...I buy fresh flowers every week and there's just something about spending the money and having these pretty flowers that encourages me to clean all the areas around them so I can always enjoy them. And I guess being a high school teacher and cleaning up after my 170 teens kind of made me a bit OCD too.
Ashley--The table is an old Heywood Wakefield cocktail table. If you google that you can usually come up with some for sale on Ebay or Craigslist. Some of them are more expensive, but ours is a bit run down (it could use a good refinishing and has some scars on the top) and I bought it for about $100 on Ebay a couple of years ago. I like that it's round so if the dogs run into it they won't be hurt by sharp edges. Plus, it's super lightweight which is just perfect to move around when we vacuum.

Chris said...

Too funny! I LOVE the babuska.....it's hilarious.

brooke said...

hahahah I love this! Miss M is so enthusiastic! Her down was so quick! I started to teach Darwin to put away her toys... maybe I should start that up again. I like the wave command. I think I'll work on that one too!

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

That is a *super* handy trick!

Kitty+Coco said...

Holy smokes Ms. M is a talented lady! Mom has ideas now..oh no. Maybe we could just hire her for our house?

Kitty and Coco

1000 Goldens said...

I am so in love with Ms. M right now I could seriously cry. She is soooooo cute and such a good girl :)

Amy said...

This is ridiculously cute. Nice work Ms. M!

Pit Bull Mom said...

I can't wait to hear how you trained her to clean up! That's so awesome! I second that your place is super clean. I bet it doesn't even smell like dog! I have 3 pitties and use the excuse that I have dogs and that's why my house is dirty....but really I'm just busy and lazy! :)

Lacie Josephine said...

That is adorable. I can't wait for you to post the details of how to teach that!

Roo said...

Hahahahahahahhaha! Oh that was sooo great! Ms. M and Mr. B look so quaint in their kerchiefs BOL! I luved how she'd try and just throw some in the corner first Too funny :D Mr. B has the job I want...Supervisor ;)

Um, not gonna let Mom see this one though. She might get the idea that I should work harder for MY treats :O

Waggin at ya,
Roo

Vanessa said...

Love them!!

Laura and Hans said...

Honest to God, I could never get my kids to clean up their stuff and there you are with a dog that does. So much for my parenting skills. Maybe if I'd made them wear babushkas...

Heather Cherry said...

What does she charge for a 1,900-square foot home? And is she willing to travel to Oklahoma?

Heather Cherry said...

BTW, we were meeting with our trainer several weeks ago and I was talking about how Clover is so naturally pawsy and she suggested putting a command to it. So now she does "Say Bye-Bye". I was teaching it to her and Snuggles slowly started doing it, too, just by watching her. Like, HEL-LOOOO, Mom, I can totally do this one, too.

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

how are your pups this cute - those babushkas! ah!

www.twogradstudentsandapittie.blogspot.com

Felix Doodle said...

What a fabulous trick. Our house usually looks like the toy box threw up all over the place. I must teach this! Can not wait to see your "how to" post.

Mary said...

As I sit here and look at my lazy ass dog snoozing on the couch, Ms. M is diligently cleaning up all her own toys. Sheesh, she sure makes all other dogs look bad. I love the part where Mr. B is going through his tricks in the hopes that he will get a treat. And at the end, Ms. M is like, "come on, lady! That last toy is ALMOST in the bin. That's not good enough for you?" And I agree with other comments that Ms. M needs to show off her skills on TV!

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