Let me ask you about something I've observed...when I'm in the bathroom, uh, "indisposed," as it were, and one of the dogs comes around, noses the door open, and pokes his/her head in, and I give the command, "goway" (go away), would you like to know what happens? I'll tell you: The dog in question turns around, and GOES AWAY. Admittedly, they don't shut the door behind them when they go, but they do GO.
Granted, we have poodles, which are, according to canine experts, exceptionally intelligent among others of their species. But I've learned from my reading that even a poodle's cognitive skills, such as verbal recognition and the capability to follow commands, is only comparable to that of a toddler's--at most, probably your average three-year-old's. You, my dear, just turned four.
So the big mystery in my life right now is, When I am in the bathroom, pleading for privacy, why can't I make YOU "goway?"
Dogs and horses: SO much easier than children.