You see, now that it's dark in the evening when Gail returns home from work, she has decided to instigate a winter training programme teaching me new indoor 'tricks'.
This week it's been "roll over Bertie!"
It occurs to me that rolling over probably comes more naturally to the shorter legged breeds - dachshunds and the like.
For us gangling types, there seems to be an issue of where to put the legs.
Really, I think people should be impressed that I have finally, with the aid of extensive treat-related bribery, mastered the required activity at all.
But no, all I get for my efforts is "Bertie, can't you try to roll a bit more smoothly? You look so ungainly. No marks for 'artistic impression' for you my wee laddie".
Humph. What do YOU think?