What was I thinking? Why did I think I could socialize two puppies in December, while working full time, keeping up a house, preparing for Christmas, working Argus in obedience, and tending 4 adult Dals and almost 40 tanks of fish? While laying in bed this morning, planning my day, it suddenly occurred to me that I might be crazy! Is this what it feels like?
Had thought Letty would go camping for the month of December, but that did not happen so I have two needy pups - both need more socialization, more time and attention, more training, and more patience on my part. Both
are good pups, but the two together are challenging, especially now that Sparkle is jealous when Argus or Letty go downstairs for training. My basement is my "training room" and each puppy as well as Argus gets a short training session every evening. Argus works a bit of obedience, and the girls work on their basic commands plus do some stacking. Not really enough room for heeling or gaiting there, but we try a bit of that too. Now Sparkle has decided that only she should come down there with me, and fusses when the others get their turns. Not good. Ron will have to keep her amused until it's her turn, I guess.
Sparkle is teething seriously now, and testing her teeth on a variety of things, so she needs more supervision than Letty who normally just chews on her Nylabones. Last night I caught her working on the bar stool rung - no, she didn't do all that damage. This particular rung has been a "favorite" of many pups - that's cumulative chewing! It's now coated in Bitter Apple. Just hope she does not try the corners of the cabinets on Ron's "watch" - I use the term loosely!
Anyone want a camper this weekend, or any other time? Both girls need to get out. Both are house-trained and good in crates, know basic commands, are easy to feed, but pull like sled dogs on leash. Good lap-sitters too - warm furry pups come in handy on cold winter evenings!