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Not that I’m not completely in love with Ruger, but he’s got to learn the ropes around here. Fast!
It’s exhausting constantly tracking the dog around the house. It seems that a ratio of approximately 70/30 exists. 70% yelling no. 30% puppy behaving.
Don’t get me wrong, for a 4 month old puppy, he’s very smart and not too crazy. But between him eating the cat food (and the cats eating his food, ha!), peeing inside the house (when he clearly knows he should pee outside), jumping and barking at the cats, and doing every other thing he shouldn’t be doing, I’m tired.
But it’s all worth it.
“He’s just a puppy.” That’s what we remind ourselves when he’s being extra crazy.
Before we know it, he’ll be well trained and peaceful.The cats are already making it known whose boss around here. Remington got a nice little (and I mean tiny) chunk out of Ruger’s cheek. Pretty soon the dog will catch on. And that picture up there? The cats like to taunt him.
A couple positives about our little (and growing) bundle of joy? First, he is great with kids! There are some kids in our culdesac that love him. They poke his face, grab his tail and ears, and he just sits there. Second, he isn’t much of a barker. Yes, he barks when we put him in his crate to leave, which is pretty short lived. But when ALL the neighborhood dogs start barking every night like clock-work, he doesn’t even budge. What a good boy!
So if nothing else, at least it’s exciting around our house. And it’s weird to think we have three pets now. That just seems like a lot of animals. Does it to you?
What are your experiences training puppies?