When I first brought Tippy home, almost 7 years ago, I filled her water bowl up from the faucet outside the garage. When she got thirsty again that day, she walked right up the faucet and looked at me, expectantly. I turned on the faucet and she started drinking straight the spigot. She has been doing that ever since.
One of the things I have taught her is to “Say Please” when she wants a drink – that is to sit politely and wait. One reason I want her to do that is that the sun shines on that area of the garage and the first bit of water coming out can be hot.
This past summer I had to have my air conditioner worked on. The man finished, and was standing at the door of his truck righting up the bill when Tippy decided she wanted a drink. I said, “Say please.” like I always do, without thinking about it.
I noticed the repairman move and the look on his face was priceless. It was a “Say what?” moment.
I don’t know what was going through his head, but I’m pretty sure he thought I was telling him to say please for some netherious reason. He did immediately realize I was talking to Tippy, but I had a good laugh about it after he left.
I have since been more mindful of my surrounds when giving Tippy commands.