My lab will fetch a ball and stuff like that. But when feeding time comes, he’ll get the little football in his mouth and stand in front of the dog food and whine and look at me then back at the food, because it takes him a few minutes to figure out that he has to put the football down before he can get food in his mouth!.............
Our Lab clearly has the priorities straight. The ball is quickly dropped during a squirrel sighting/chase, but easily retrieved later. Food/treats are priority one. Poodles are smarter though, but the Labs are a better companion.
Thats funny. My dogs do that only when they have an object in their mouth and I throw a different object.
At feeding time I say “Ya’ll ready for a can?” and they come running.
“Can” is a word that makes them perk up and turn their heads sideways at me and they go stand in their spots in front of their bowls. They know what “can” means.
I can say...”Yeah the weatherman predicted rain ..CAN..” and they perk up.
Same thing with “ride” or “outside” or “kitty”