Our other two are like the Boxer. We KNOW they want something but I have to guess, offering different things until I figure out which one it is they are asking for. I can just picture him on the futon with his rear up in the air! Is Pa Gaw regularly sneaky? If so, does he ever give you the feeling that he's sometimes being sneaky JUST to see what your reaction will be?
Iorveth has been sneaky from day one. When he was just a few months old (about 3 months), we were working on staying put in his bed while I watch tv. He was constantly wanting to wander but I always teach my puppies to stay put when I say so right away simply so I can catch a few minutes break to do things like go to the bathroom or make myself some food or what have you. I would sit on the couch with his bed within easy view. As long as he knew I was watching, he would stay put. As SOON as I looked away, he would CREEEEP out of his bed to go find something else to do. If I looked before he made it out of his bed, he would plop back down like he had attempted nothing.
When we were moving into this house (he was 5 months), we had to pack all of the crates in the moving truck since the car wasn't big enough and he had outgrown his puppy crate but we still had a few nights at the old house. That was when he proved his trustworthiness to sleep loose like the other two (aside from a small bit of middle of the night wandering, but no peeing!). So, when we moved into this house, we just never put him back into the crate at night and he sleeps on my side of the bed. All was great until it started getting cold. The thermostat in our bedroom doesn't click off and on by itself so it would get colder at night after we had turned it off (it gets SUPER hot in here after about 30 minutes). All of a sudden, we were waking up with a naked dog wedged in between us. That was the next really big sneaky move I ever saw him pull. I finally caught him in the act one night when he thought I was asleep. He'd get right up in my face like he was checking to see if I was asleep. Ever so slowly, he would inch his way closer and CAAAAREFULLY put one foot on the edge of the bed. Painfully slowly, he climbed right over the top of me, wedged himself in between me and DH and let out the biggest contented sigh. It didn't happen unless it got cold in here.
I am not one to keep my dogs (especially Yoohoo) off the furniture so now he knows that, if he pokes me awake in the middle of the night when it's cold, I'll lift up the blankets to let him in. Xolos are known cuddlers (Hey, even the ancient Aztecs believed that sleeping with one in your bed for three nights would cause your pain to be absorbed into the Xolo!). If he doesn't ask to come into the bed, just about every morning starts out with cuddling for at least a few minutes. It doesn't feel right if I don't get to love on him before getting up
I've never had an issue with couch possession and our dogs are allowed up whenever they want (except Dude who thinks being on the couch is the scariest thing to ever happen to a dog) but they do know that off means off and that it had best be done now. We both have younger siblings who grew up watching Dora the explorer there is a fox character named Swiper who is always stealing things from Dora. She asks the viewers to help her by saying "Swiper, no swiping!" Well, one of Iorveth's many nicknames is Swiper (and Thief) because, as soon as DH gets up, Iorveth takes back "his" seat which is where DH usually sits. Of course, he gets up as soon as he's told but "Swiper, no swiping" is something you hear said just about every time DH gets up because Iorveth has swiped his seat, sometimes before DH had even moved a few steps. DH works LONG hours so Iorveth and I spend a lot of time at home together and, when he naps, it is in that seat. He's actually happiest when one of us is in that seat WITH him.
I don't know when we'll get another dog either. We have the three now and our current landlords love all three. When they bought the house from our previous landlord, we were part of the deal (our previous landlord had asked us to move out so they could show the house but our current landlords would only buy the property if we stayed) and they were thrilled to have dogs they knew in the house. When Dude goes, we'll still be living here but I don't think we'll get another dog until we move out to property of our own. I just don't know. Things are always changing. Maybe we will, maybe we won't. I just have no idea. And I'm with you on the retrievers. When I buy a dog for a job, they will be from dogs who have proven they have the instincts. When we get a herder for livestock, we will be getting one from someone who breeds dogs with the instincts necessary. Same with the hunting dogs. I have no use for a dog like that with no instincts.
Edit: Yoohoo is Iorveth