Now it was all practice from here, Morgan decided. They continued to repeat the process they had been using, giving the command after moving to the other side of the brook, and then the houluh had to leap into the water. She continued to grow more confident every time that Morgan gave the command and she had to actually swim. She stopped being as nervous very quickly, and soon neither the command nor the swimming were any amount of an issue. Morgan continued to work the houluh through that command until they were sure that she had gotten the behavior, and then Morgan started switching in other commands that they had worked on up to this point. Then they went back to the command with the swimming again, until they were absolutely sure that she had gotten all of her commands well down pat.
At this point, a very exhausted Morgan took the houluh home. Hopefully she would remember everything she learned today.
Todd was getting older now, and it was about time to get him trained up for his Debutante Show. He was so big now, all leggy and happy. He was a gorgeous Houluh, if Morgan did say so themself, but they noticed that he was a little... Lithe, for a young patronne. This gave Morgan a bit of a side eye and squint at him every now and again, but he did certainly seem male... Huh. Houluh were weird.
Morgan walks the Tsetse and the Houluh to the park with a blue creature pocket there as well to make sure that they could work on the houluh with tacking up. He was an adventurous little creature and Morgan was sure that they would have lots of fun in the future riding on the state. The thing? Morgan had to train him to ride on their lap, and they didn't want to chance him with Michiryuu yet. Therefore; Tsetse time.
First off, however, Morgan was going to teach the houluh how to tack up. The red-and-white creature wagged his tail as Morgan made sure the tsetse was parked carefully, and made sure that their area was as far away from other individual's in the park at all. The human carefully took the blue creature packs out of the cargo hold, and then held it up, squatting down in the grass to get to eye-level with little Todd, and held it out for him to look at. "See boyo? I-it's fine." This would be a slow process, however, Morgan knew. It wasn't going to be a snappish process, since Todd hadn't been taught anything like this before. Todd leaned forward, perhaps a little snootily, and sniffs at the creature packs. The smell seemed to disagree with him, and he turned his head to the side, casting his hazel gaze away.
Morgan did figure that they probably should have introduced some of Todd's scent to this thing first; it was a mistake that they would rectify every other time they would do this in the future with creatures, they figured. Todd was always a little finicky with such things, and it was showing. "Huh, y'dun like it, boyo?" Morgan said to him, staying crouched on the ground carefully. They looked him in the eye. They pulled a treat out of their pocket, broke it into a tiny piece, and sat the creature bags down on the grass. Then they placed the treat on the creature pocket. They were anything if not quick thinking. "Here you go boyo..." It was placed in such a way that the red houluh would have to actually walk over to it, standing on the creature packs to get to it. Indeed, this worked like a charm.
Todd didn't even seem to realize that he had gotten onto the 'hated' object until a moment after he managed to finish the treat, and when he did he looked at Morgan first, and then at the creature packs. "See, not so bad, uh?" Morgan said to him, voice quiet, and then they patted him. "Good boyo, Todd." Morgan said, before picking up the creature packs and sort of offering them to the creature to sniff again. More confident now, Todd leaned forward and sniffed the thing. "Good..." Morgan said, before quickly and efficiently slinging it over the small puppy and then clicking the restraints, letting it be loose for now. Todd looked alarmed at first, but lots of praise and the ability to chew on his favorite ball granted later, and Todd was accepting the restraint and 'tacking' right up for Morgan like a charm.
Morgan was quite good at making sure that the harnesses were properly put on quickly and efficiently since they had been tacking little Nico up for a long time now, so they took the next thirty minutes or so to get the houluh tacked up in the creature pockets and then getting the creature pockets removed, and then doing it again in a repetitive way. Each time they did this with the houluh allowing it without causing any trouble, Morgan gave him a treat. The entire time the houluh was allowed to play with his ball, and that calmed him down soon. Eventually the creature was taking to his creature pockets perfectly and without issue, every time Morgan came up to tack him up. He didn't wiggle, or whine, or cause any other trouble at all. He didn't even flinch when Morgan put the creature pockets on him. Eventually, Morgan was convinced that he would tack up consistently in the creature pockets.
The human left the harness on the houluh, deciding to further allow him to get used to wearing one long term, and then realized that it was time for step two of the plan. They wanted to teach him to ride on their lap when they went places. Eventually they hoped to teach him to ride on their lap when they rode on mounts, but the tsetse would be a much smoother, better training ride they figured. Now the Tsetse did go very fast, but they could have it go a little slower... Maybe a good 5-15 miles per hour around this large area of the park. They figured that it would be good enough to get Todd used to sitting on Morgan while they rode. Morgan was sure that they could make this an easy thing to learn... Maybe they'd even teach it to Nico if it worked with little Todd.
Morgan already taught Todd how to sit and stay, and they figured that using a specific command word for this while using those two as crutches would be the best idea for getting this little critter taught how to ride on their lap while riding some sort of a mount. So they chose a command for it, a verbal one since it would be easiest, and then picked up the houluh, slung their leg over the tsetse, and sat him on their lap. Then they gave the commands for sit and stay while he was on their lap. So far, so good. They did not actually turn on the Tsetse yet, instead they just sat there, and leaned over like they were going to actually use it. After staying like this for a moment or two, Morgan gave the houluh some praise and a treat. "Good boyo, Todd!" Todd looked a little confused, but proud.
That was easy enough. So now it mostly tantamount to get the creature to go from this start, to getting on their lap with the chosen command word as the trigger. That would be easier done than what it would be with other creatures just because he was a Houluh, and this kind of thing was what Houluh did best with their 'learning the laws of man' bull. No matter how flowery and poetic that was put, it did seem to be at least functionally correct. Morgan worked for about thirty minutes the exact same way that they had just done, calling the command out and then giving the other two commands (sit and stay) until finally, when Morgan gave the first command, the houluh leapt up into their lap and then stayed there. Success, Morgan thought; the first bit of success with this training! Now to move on to the next step...
Now that the houluh knew what the command meant, they needed to give him practice 'hanging on' in their lap while actually moving. Morgan had plans to actually slow the houluh into this. So they gave the command, and the houluh got into their lap. "Alrighty good boyo..." Morgan mumbled, and then they turned the tsetse on slowly. The houluh heard it and just about leapt up, but Morgan smoothed him down with a hand. "Stay..." They said, and he nervously stayed sat down. Soon enough, Morgan gave him a treat for his efforts, but left the motor running. They wanted to make sure that the creature got used to it as time got on. They continued to work on this for some time more, and then finally, Morgan was convinced that he would sit in their lap with the motor on after being given the command they had chosen.
Now, it was time to get him used to 'going' and get this 'ride on' thing over with. They started off slow, really slow, barely moving the tsetse forward. Todd was nervous, but soon was wagging his tail, he seemed to like it! Morgan gave him a piece of a treat, and then kept working on it. After a few more tries, Morgan upped the speed on the tsetse, which didn't seem to even phase the houluh. Pleased with this, Morgan gave him a treat and then upped the speed just a little more. They continued doing this repetitive process until they made it to the 15 mile per hour speed that they had finally decided upon. After getting the houluh to where he was okay with that, Morgan turned off the tsetse, and then practiced the entire thing together, giving the command and watching him scramble up for a ride, and then they'd actually go around for a ride. Finally, Morgan was convinced that he had learned it!
Morgan returned to the space in the park where they typically trained their houluh to work with Mink. They admittedly had been putting it off because they weren't sure what kind of training would work well for her temperament. Mink was not really 'nice'. In fact, Morgan would definitely consider her both snooty and inconsiderate. However, Morgan was sure that she would produce quite good pups- that is, if she would slow down long enough to learn what she needed to!
Mink wasn't really the biggest on Morgan, so to speak. Out of all of the houluh that Morgan had, she was still very easily annoyed with Morgan's antics. Changing up their walking schedule to come out here today was super annoying to the tiny spotted pup. She was refusing to walk on her leash like Morgan wanted her to, but they finally got her walked to the park (well, carried, really).
Mink was unceremoniously placed on the grass, and immediately she took a bit of a potshot snip at Morgan- it never connected and never would have had. Connecting wasn't the point- it was intimidation that was the point. Morgan didn't let her win, though. They towered over her, looking quite intimidating theirself. Mink turned up her nose and then turned away. Morgan shook their head- they couldn't help it. She was certainly their most willful houluh, it was a shame because she was so pretty. "Alright Mink, y-you're gonna have to listen here." Morgan scolded. Mink did know that tone, she was slowly picking up on such things. It made her even more stubborn.
Morgan decided they were going to work on three things before her Debutante Show. The first of those things was going to be the dashing thing. They somewhat figured that she might take to this kind of training better than traditional training with her personality.
Mink sure was a difficult houluh, but she did learn things just as quickly as any other Houluh Morgan could imagine (perhaps not as well as Morgan remembered Nico to have done at times). Morgan was really counting on the houluh acting right today. "Alright, so... wuh-Whistled command, huh?" Morgan mumbled, before sticking the whistle in their mouth. They used a simple whistle for the dash, and then took off running. Mink wasn't used to being by herself on a walk, but she was indeed still on the leash! She was forced to come along too, thankfully she was very swift like most houluh tended to be.
"Good job, good girl!" Morgan said, slowing up to a stop and then giving her a treat. Mink took it, but obviously was not at all happy about this development. She wasn't counting on a long walk today! Mink had things to -do- as far as she was concerned.
Morgan of course, didn't know and frankly would not have cared about whatever the houluh would think that she needed to do today. Houluh didn't do a whole lot, after all, it wasn't like they were people or sentient, either one. They saw Mink's snipey attitude as a bad thing, more than they did a boon. However, she was a female, and one unrelated to any other houluh around right now, which would hopefully be a boon to the genepool. The human whistled the command again as soon as the houluh finished her snack, and then took off running again. Then they would stop, Morgan would praise her for doing well, and then give her a treat. Wash, rinse, repeat. This was the most difficult part of the training, and Morgan was looking for something very specific to happen before they would move on to the next step in training this particular behavior.
Twilight-Claw: I am still interested in trading it for a green drake.
Jun 1, 2020 0:31:33 GMT -6
Ridelys: If you are still interested in a trade twilight, for your fidelity result, let me know.
May 31, 2020 22:49:49 GMT -6
Riku: I got three pet levels and 15c out of it. <3 And all the necessary posts for my job salary form.
May 31, 2020 18:49:26 GMT -6
Riku: In mine my crossbreed used foxfire to burn it - but then it used incendiary illusion, which was extra scary because my cross is a plant pet with thick fur. It used the distraction to escape. I’m proud of it, and it’s okay that I won’t finish this month.
May 31, 2020 18:48:42 GMT -6
Renathan: *But of course, the RNG was not having that. / In Morgan's story, the Nyssa was a real thing, so I wanted to have two different situations for the variety.
May 31, 2020 18:15:27 GMT -6
Renathan: Yeah, the 'finished the story but the RNGods are being a butt' thing is a rather unfortunate situation to be in. I had already decided that in Ren's story, the elderly woman had lied about the nyssa and just wanted someone to talk to*
May 31, 2020 18:14:49 GMT -6
Riku: That makes sense. I've considered that before. -nod- I hope your non-hxr life is going smoothly.
May 31, 2020 16:38:08 GMT -6
Haix: Just quitting the job. Don't believe I'll be making the ten posts required per month any time soon. XD
May 31, 2020 16:34:01 GMT -6
Riku: Note to haix, I believe you can post the new application form at the same time as the quitting form. Unless you are simply taking an overall break from the job system.
May 31, 2020 16:30:58 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: even AT the gardens yet. XD It sucks when you've finished writing your story and haven't gotten a success, because then its like "well... now what?" XD
May 31, 2020 15:51:47 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: ive found that when there's a quest that might take longer like this, its a good idea to try and space out the story beats to try and roll a success before i get to the meat of the story. XD Like, by the time i was 5 posts in my character wasn't
May 31, 2020 15:51:21 GMT -6
Riku: It’d definitely put me a month closer to my goals, literally, at least. 🤔
May 31, 2020 15:50:19 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: You can always try! :3 At the very least its more levels for your character and more TP for your pet
May 31, 2020 15:50:14 GMT -6
Riku: I love that you can mention that and know what it is. Muahahaha! Everyone has their secrets. 😈 (Iz not secret, just oOooOoooh mysterious effect. 😉)
May 31, 2020 15:49:41 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I hope you do decide and are capable of finishing it Riku! Will definitely be worth it in getting more points for your master plan.
May 31, 2020 15:48:23 GMT -6
Riku: I know...that was why I wanted to do it. Hm. Maybe I can plow through it. O.O (plow as in tumbling down a steep slope, not in the fast powerful way.)
May 31, 2020 15:48:18 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: This quest got 3+ quest points.
May 31, 2020 15:46:39 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I have no idea about that one for sure, but there does seem to be a few that are nearly in the rainbow spectrum with how many different colors they have on their hide.
May 31, 2020 15:46:12 GMT -6
Riku: Note that I got panic buttons this month, so in the future if the quest is only a 1QP-er, I can go do a 3QP. Or if I simply don’t want to do a new one on both accounts, I can do an old one on the second. // I type faster than my phone screen can keep up.HA
May 31, 2020 15:45:15 GMT -6