We came home last week from a muddy morning play session at the dog run and I was gray and brown. Instead of making me sit at the door and taking my leash off, Mommy walked me toward the bathroom. I decided to pull a Gandhi and sat down and then lay down in the middle of the room. Mommy coaxed, she commanded, I refused to budge. She grabbed me around my chest and hoisted me up and marched me toward the bathroom. I flopped down again and made some growly noise. She made a bigger growly noise back and I couldn't look at her. She made me go in the bathroom.
Then she shut the door and got some treats. She tried to hoist me in the tub or put my paws on the edge of the tub but I didn't really want to do that. Mommy usually never lets me put my paws on anything, so this was sort of confusing. Then she wrapped her arms around my chest and started dragging me toward the tub. That's usually P-Daddy's job but Mommy decided she was gonna wash me herself. I REALLY didn't want to go. This was not part of our normal routine! So I growled again and she still wouldn't stop. So she grabbed me again and then --
-- I put my mouth on her hand to tell her I didn't want to move any more.
You have never seen the Wrath of Mommy until you put your mouth on her like that! Wow. I did put my teeth on her a little hard but I didn't break her skin or anything, because I just wanted to show her NO, but still, I got in SO much trouble. I got a shakedown and then she stared and growled at me until I apologized. That's when I realized that I don't ever get to tell Mommy "no." She just stood there and pointed at the tub and told me to get in, and I got up and walked over. I still needed a boost to get over the edge, but then we had a very nice shower together.
That day I learned that when Mommy says, "jump," I don't say "no." I say "How high?" It is much better for everyone that way.
Ed. Note: When I say a kuvasz will test you, this is one of the ways. And this from a pup who has been taught since he was teeny (see below) to accept our alpha status with pleasure. If you are not prepared to be a strong leader with your kuvasz, do not get one.