** This has been a very delayed work-in-progress entry
It has been a few weeks, and I think he’s wormed his way into our hearts and lives. The last weekend in May my husband and I went a county away to acquire a puppy. A Staffordshire Terrier/Boxer mix — 10 weeks old and with 4 siblings. We wanted a calm submissive dog and we have ended up with a calm, VERY hard headed highly observant puppy. Except when he goes into a spastic fit and wants to destroy the bottom of the couch. We’re learning this usually means he has to poop. Our German Shepherd went through a similar OMG IMMA RUN AROUND AND BITE ANYTHING mode when he had to poop. The difference — the GSD would then fall over into Nap Land, Little Dude just gets a bit less crazy.
The crate is the same, but the living conditions are not. The GSD was raised in a 2nd Floor Apartment so we were on a crazy house training regimen of running him out the door in the dead of winter. He’d usually pee on the welcome mat (we bought a new one for the building because we are responsible dog owners). Little Dude has a fenced in back yard and a Crate Room all to himself. We got the GSD when he was 6 weeks old, maybe 6 1/2 and was house broken in a month. Little Dude is 10 weeks old (well, now 14) and working on the whole house breaking thing.
I am not used to a dog that only wants to chew on Nylabones and Bully Sticks. He’ll go after his rope toy some too and has done more destruction to it in 5 days than the GSD did in 3 1/2 years. Breed difference much?
Leash walking is also a new thing for Little Dude. We’re working on the human-dog bond and it’s not very easy with a hardheaded dog who glues himself to the sidewalk and just looks at you like, “There is NO WAY you are getting your way. Nope, I’ll just wait right here.” Let’s just say there’s a bit of a tug-of-war going on with sorting out our pack rankings.
As much as I remember all the good things about the GSD — Little Dude trumps him in the best way possible. Car rides with Little Dude are a breeze. He just goes into his crate and either falls asleep or goes to town on his treat KONG. A dog who likes the car AND behaves in it? Color me ecstatic. GSD would go into a fit of whines and talking and never.ever.shut.up unless he fell asleep. . . which was rare and short lived. I don’t miss those car rides.