How to Train Your Squirrel
to eat from a bowl is not an easy task.
You should choose a color other
than blaze orange, a material besides
plastic. Cajun almonds and salted sesame sticks
placed near the patio door seem to cause
aggression toward what used to be
his playmates in the yard. He chases away
all critters except the Nut Hatch who is able
to fly stealth operations and grab peanuts
without landing completely. Do not wait
until the blinking creature is scratching
at the glass to offer a treat. This reinforces
demanding behavior and does not promote
sharing with friends. Ignore the urge to touch
his patchy grey coat or to open the door
wide enough to permit his entrance.
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