So, Doodle MPB has earned herself 2 nicknames in her little life:
- Devil Dog
I’m pretty sure Devil Dog will be the nick-name that sticks. Oh, well, such is life.
But in all seriousness, she is now behaving mostly just like a ‘normal’ puppy (which for the record, really is just like a devil dog). She spends her days:
- chewing everything in sight, and maybe even just a bit of one kitchen cupboard.
- trying to see what it takes to get me to fall when we go for walks (i.e. tangle me up in her leash when we go for walks).
- nipping at everything, including putting a hole in a shirt I’ve word once.
- trying really hard to sit or lie down when she’s excited.
- being cute, especially after her first visit to a groomer for a bath that turned her into a giant fluffy ball of fur.
- pee accidents, because why not stop being fully house trained after 3 weeks of being accident free?
I have to say, our house is functioning so much better now that she is basically a ‘normal’ puppy. Don’t get me wrong, normal puppy is actually still pretty annoying when there is a 2 year old who takes priority in basically all respects. But, a normal puppy is tolerable. I might even say, I kind of like her a bit now.
I guess, all of this is to say, the citronella bark collar is worth it’s weight in gold. It seems as though her natural reaction to excitement and activity is to bark, and so when Little MPB is home and the house is active, she cannot contain herself and she barks like mad. So, during the week she really only needs to wear the collar first thing in the morning and again when we are all home in the evening.
But, this is where he good update ends. On Friday I told our trainer that we’ve resorted to a citronella bark collar because the barking is simply still out of control. She pretty much freaked out. In fact, her exact words were, I don’t care if it’s 1 in the morning, if it gets that bad, call me, and I’ll come get her. She is adamant that even a citronella bark collar has a very good chance of causing aggressive behaviors and other behavioural problems. As we discussed Doodle MPB, she refered to her as ‘not a normal puppy who frustrates increadibly quickly’ and we talked a lot about her prefered frustrated behaviours – braking, nipping and jumping and the potential long term problems if we don’t get this under control. She’s asked/begged us to seriously consider the board and train option. So, over the weekend Mr.MPB and I talked alot about our options, while acknowledging and owning our time and patience limitations right now.
We have decided to send her away for 2 weeks.
Honestly, I feel so pathetic and rather ridiculous that we cannot handle our puppy and it’s come to sending her away. I’m a bit worried how we are going to explain to Little MPB that his best friend is away for a few weeks. But mostly, right now, I’m just petrified of what we will happen if this doesn’t work.
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