About a year ago this friend happened to tell me that if you give a dog a command and the dog turns its back to you and yawns, that's the same as flipping you the bird. It was an amusing story at the time, but all year I've been more aware as to how my commands have been being received.
Today it happened. I was sitting with someone and Demi plopped down at her feet. I ordered Demi to the cushion where she usually stays. She didn't move. "Bed," I was more emphatic. Demi got up and moved halfway toward the cushion and looked directly at me, a challenge. Remember, Demi is a certified Skilled Companion and a certified Social Therapy dog. She has an abundance of skills and knew exactly what I was asking her to do.
"Bed," I said it again. With obvious reluctance Demi went to her cushion, dropped down with her back toward me. Then she turned her head, looked at me and yawned, a huge big yawn. My friend was right, it even felt like I'd just been given the finger.