Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My Puppy Is A Brat

If I were one of the older Dals, I would pin Letty to the floor, grab her head in my mouth and threaten her with dire consequences.  Unfortunately, everyone is still putting up with her obnoxious behavior.  Shouldn't be too much longer before Argus, Watson & Coral lose their tempers, grab her, slime her and make her scream.  Poor Josie, who believes in permissive puppy raising, will patiently tolerate Letty leaping at her face, biting her ears, pinching her paws and grabbing her by the tail.  She'll cry out for help, but won't discipline the pup, and may in fact step in between Letty and any adult who want to teach her a lesson.  If the late "Uncle Sid" were still with us, Letty would already have started to learn what a growled warning means, and what happens if you don't pay attention.

She's rolling on the floor with Argus right now and he is endlessly patient.  Watson plays with her too, but gets tired of her shenanigans a lot more quickly.  Although she goes out to the dog yard with the others now, and LOVES being outside, she also has the run of the "people yard" so she can do laps.  I've been working outdoors when I get home from the office, assisted by Letty who loves racing around, dragging things including plant clippings, bits of fencing, sticks, and my pruning shears.

Housetraining is going well, as long as Ron & I are paying attention.  She'll always pee when taken outdoors, but occasionally slips up and pees on the rug if we are not watching.  Hurls herself at the door when she needs to poop, so the concept is there, just not total control.  She's good in a crate, fine in the car, and has become a toy fanatic like her housemates.  Reebok was not much into toys, but Argus & Josie, and even 13 year old Coral and 11 year old Watson still play with toys from time to time.

Puppy training starts on the 20th, but we're working a bit at home every evening on stacking, baiting, sits, downs and stays, as well as walking on lead.  She's smart and willing and loves the attention of course.  Still carries her tail higher than I would like, but looks terrific otherwise.  But what a brat!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like those brats and think they tend to be the smarter ones. Mine is also a brat but has 3 adults here to occasionally put her in her place.

Linda T.