I have a weird one, that seriously isn't the end of the world. But I keep thinking about the behavior and the "reward" and how I know I'm reinforcing this behavior, and I can't figure it out. I don't know how to *not* reinforce it. I just think it's an interesting exercise in dog behavior and cause and effect.
Willow wakes up and (I assume) decides that it's time for me to wake up too. Hint: it's not. From the floor she tugs at the side of the blankets. *Tug tug tug.* If I ignore her she will take the blankets clean off the bed. Then I'm up. If I fuss at her she stops for a minute and then does it again. But even if she doesn't do it again I'm probably up at that point. I feel like whatever my response to the actual tugging is I'm pretty much up for the day. I think my dog is smarter than me. And she's a very effective alarm clock.
But short of adding a punishment I just can't figure out how to remove the reward from this behavior. I know I could fix it if it really bothered me. I could make her sleep in a crate (I won't.) I could use an e-collar to punish the tug (I won't.) But I wondered if you guys had any other ideas. I can't think of anything.