I had to resort to special tactics.
Not really, the dogs like cheese and Kubota is kinder to the dogs than he is to me. It is a teenager thing.
Spoiler: I did not actually sprinkle the cheese on Kubota. But neither the dogs nor Kubota knew that. I am saving the cheese for tomorrow in case he does not want to get up. It is always good strategy to leave a little "head-room" and have the ability to escalate in the event things don't turn around.