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Dog Ponderings... - Princess
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Dog Ponderings...
First, I must say I'm immensely amazed at those people who have children. Children are more difficult than dogs, I imagine, and Wrigley has plumb tuckered me out. Yes, he finally has a name. Most of that is my over-worrying; I get up at 5:30 in the morning now, because I wake up hearing him rustle in his cage downstairs. I'd probably feel better if he was sleeping in my room with me, but the stairs still daunt him, even though he should be recovered from the surgery by now.

The only time he's actually tackled the flight of stairs was when I was picking the cat up on the 3rd floor, and she started voicing her displeasure. Wrigley heard that, his ears perked up, and zoom, up the stairs he came! Getting him down was another story, because underneath it all, he's a big chicken. I fear it's going to take a lot of time and patience and treats to overcome his stair-hesitancy; I just hope we can overcome that before my dad and step mom come visit.

He's pretty well behaved, over all, and I found out that he does actually know how to bark. He's not really sure what the TV is, and he doesn't like strange people in his house on a strange contraption he doesn't understand. That's actually not true -- it's more like he doesn't like to come in from outside with CSI's Grissom's head paused on the TiVo.

The cat is finally hanging out on the couch again, like she usually does, which is a good sign. She's still not thrilled about the dog, understandably, but we haven't had a major confrontation yet. I'm a bit nervous about the interaction, especially when I watch Wrigley go at his denta-bone or squeaker toy with a vengeance.

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From: spooble Date: July 10th, 2002 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
They'll be okay. Give them some time to get to know one another. There'll be some hissing and growling, prolly, but...they'll become friends, in time.
From: jezaurelle Date: July 10th, 2002 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Eek. I'd get rid of the cat. :) That's just because I like puppies better, though! I hope everything goes well, dear. Hey, they can be friends!
maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 10th, 2002 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Nooo!

They must get along! I've had my kitty for 14 years, I can't imagine getting rid of her :) Plus, she's the most awesome kitty ever!

Not saying I don't love Wrigley tons, though...
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maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 10th, 2002 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Please!

That would be much appreciated!

I think it really helps that their contact is never unsupervised, plus, she gets the run of the house during the day and night when Wrigley is crated. But it still all makes me nervous.

Plus, if you have any dog tips, that'd be awesome too -- I need to make sure puppo knows I'm the alpha dog, not him.
iltamies From: iltamies Date: July 10th, 2002 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Please!

This sounds harsh but it works: If your dog is misbehaving seriously or often, catch them in the act (critical part) and put them onto their back and set your hands on their neck and tell them "No!" in a stern voice. This is of course easier said than done, but it works. A friend of sinnie and I's swears it worked wonders for her.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 10th, 2002 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Please!

that's "sinnie's and mine" :)

And yeah, I was doing that with him when he starting barking up a storm at some other barking dogs, and it seemed to work well enough. I made him look at me, which he doesn't like to do, and then he stopped.
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