|Barked: Sat Nov 9, '13 9:09am PST |
|When you adopted your dog, either puppy or adult when you got them, did they come to you lacking behaviors that you thought you'd have to work hard to minimize or stop all together?
I finally decided that this year I was going to get a Xmas tree. I've never felt like having one but this year, I'm feelin' it.
So, I decided to see what Moose would do if I brought home a fake tree. (Can't go wrong with a 6' fake tree that totally looks real and even has pine smelling sticks that you can hang on it and only cost $27).
So, I set it up temporarily to see what Moose would do. Nothing. He doesn't give one hoot about it. Yeah. Hopefully once it's fully decorated he'll still ignore it.
But it got me thinking about all of the typical puppy traits that I thought I was going to have to battle and I haven't.
I was fully prepared and had my plan laid out on how I was going to handle training him to walk on a loose leash. Never had to. He's not a puller. He's fabulous on lead. Although he's a freaking spaz when we pass a dog and he thinks it's play time. Dear dog, my elbow tendons take a beating. We're making good progress on staying calm when we pass other dogs.
And I never had to work on keeping him from running off when off leash. First time at the beach, first time ever off leash at 4 1/2 months and he never wandered far and always came back with one call. Well, unless he had his eyes focused on puppies. And drinking salt water. Those are still BIG works in progress.
I also prepared for the typical puppy chewing everything in sight. Not the case. Besides the hyper moments when he was a puppy and would start chewing on the furniture, I never had to correct destructive behavior.
Within the first two months of having him, I was able to put my shoes back by the front door and he's never, ever chewed on them. Or anything else like a t.v. remote or other objects left on the coffee table.
And for being a food hound, he's never put his paws on the counter or table looking for any morsel. This one surprises me a bit because, unlike Mikey, Moose will eat anything. But, if he sees something on the table, that he could very well reach with even only one paw up, he just stands with his chin resting on the table and whines at what he wants. Which is usually a paper towel I've accidentally left. He'll whine and whine until I come over and take it away, but won't try and get it. And he never spends time sniffing up at the counter. He seems to ignore the smells of food on the counter when I'm cooking. (He's not banished from the cooking area because he's well behaved).
Mind you, I don't temp him with stuff left on the counters. I still practice making sure there's nothing on the counters when I'm not home.
But, I was realizing how little I had to battle in regards to behaviors that sometimes can be a real pain.
What did you not have to battle that you thought for sure was going to be on your "to do" list?
Edited by author Sat Nov 9, '13 9:19am PST
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