I just discovered a maneuver that puts me back in the “cute” category. Usually when I pull this stunt, I get a little chuckle, a pet, and a treat.
Here are the basics: I happen to strut around the room wherever The Dude might be. When I know I have his complete attention, I’ll stop prancing around and while gazing into his eyes, I slowly lean towards my left and flop over like a loose boxcar off a railroad track. Boom! I just lie there on my side. Kind of like a dog’s version of “playing dead.” He’ll sit there and laugh uncontrollably.
I have now entered this into my arsenal of tricks whenever I need to get back into his good graces.