Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Call me a wild one!
Puppyhood.....ah yes, that little bundle of a puppy has almost reached adulthood...sort of. While Tucker is not close to a year yet he certainly is an adolescent.
I've included the link above from www.dogster.com that I found to be helpful in understanding where Tucker is with his behaviors.
He really has been good on the housebreaking with only one accident in just shy of two months and that was a surprise as to why it happened. He taps at the door when he wants to go out and that is more than I can get Stewie to do. (Stewie would you learn like Tucker please? Stewie still goes poop in the house if we have been gone for more than four hours...he seems to have a rigid time of when he goes each day like clockwork and can't / won't hold it)
The challenges with Tucker are the typical puppy stuff. An abundance of energy that needs to be released or he will be running all over the house like a crazed poochie. He will harass Stewie to no end in hopes that somehow Stewie will play with him. He will bother Luna and now with Agador here he goes after him in hopes that he too will play. Stewie looks up at me with a look that says "RESCUE ME MOM!".
Everyday when my hubby comes home from work he takes Tucker out to run. Tucker LOVES this and comes in with the happiest doggone face as well as a wiggley bouncy body. Sometimes it seems though that it gives him more energy!
Leaving him when we go out has been hard. What to do with him? We keep trying to give him for space by letting him have the run of the kitchen that we make sure to have nothing he can jump and grab off the counters that he shouldn't have. He hasn't chewed on our dining chairs anymore so they seem safe. I leave plenty of chew toys around. So what does he do? He somehow managed to pull the saran wrap off a chocolate cake that was pushed back (we thought) far enough and somehow didn't pull the cake, which was on a glass pedestal, off! I couldn't believe it!!! I assume he enjoyed licking the icing....now we put everything as far to the other side of the counters as is possible.
We use to let him out on the deck via the doggie door but he is chewing on my wicker rockers. Not on the legs but he seems to want to chew on the inside of the arms. So he doesn't get to hang out there without us keeping an eye on him. I don't want to have to move my rockers but I don't want them destroyed either.
The last time we left him with the toy that I can fill with treats that he has to work on to get the treats out. We came home to find the bottom of the container broken off as well as shattered around the rim. Totally useless now. I wonder if he swung it on the tile floor where it banged and that broke it. He got the treats...which was what he wanted. I'm going to find an unbreakable plastic one that will keep him entertained.
Training.....at home he does so well when we are practicing in our driveway. When we go out on the street it is as though he has forgotten it all! Forget heeling, forget to ignore other dogs and people, forget to ignore passing cars....practice and more practice...patience as well.
So how are you and your adolescent puppy doing? Any tips you can share for when you leave home? Where do you place your puppy when you are gone from home?