My husband and I got a new dog last month, a spunky English Lab named Molly who needed a new home because her current person wasn’t home enough to give this energetic 2 year old the attention she needs. I started keeping a journal the first day she was here, thinking that it would help me chart her progress and also hoping that clients might be interested in learning from my mistakes in bringing a new dog home.
And boy, have there been mistakes. As a trainer, I should know better than to leave a dog alone with an untested toy, but I did it the third day she was here. I also let her bully the cats, bark at Sprocket (our other dog), and snatch treats from my fingers with the enthusiasm of a piranha at an all-you-can-eat fish buffet.
Mol is so different that Sprocket, (who is, for the most part, an easy dog) and I’m learning a lot from her. She’s active, bossy, and all around goofy. She sounds like a buffalo coming down the stairs and constantly steps on my feet. She chews, barks, and sheds. She’s, you know, a dog.
Here are the first two entries from the Molly Chronicles:
Although Molly was a bit nervous when her previous person left, she’s settling in already. She paced and whined at the door for a few seconds, but we distracted her with cookies (discovering that’s she’s a total Food Hound) and quickly leashed her for a walk. We took her and Sprocket around the block and by the time we got home she seemed much calmer.
Working hard to fence the yard so we don’t have to keep the dogs on tie outs. I gave them each a stale bagel (Sprock’s favorite treat) to work on while we dig post holes, and Molly crunched hers to crumbs in about 5 seconds. Uh-oh. I think we have a chewer on our hands.
Molly did wonderfully last night! A little bit of pacing around the bed, but she calmed down and slept after awhile. I put one of her dog beds at the foot of the bed to give her something familiar, but she ignored it and slept on the floor. We have 5 dog beds in the house now and I have yet to see her lay on one! Both dogs kooked out when the alarm buzzed this morning, I had to make a run for the bedroom door before they could drag me down and smother me.
Sprocket is claiming his personal space, telling her off when she gets too pushy. She pulls like a freight train on the leash, dragging me down the block. Her recall is quite nice though, and her Leave It is excellent. We need to work on Quiet, she’s a bit barky. I ordered her a cute new tag today, but I can’t decide on a collar! There are so many cute ones to choose from!”
More Molly entries to come, with lots of opportunities to laugh at the silly trainer who thought she knew what she was getting into. That’s her down there underneath this post. Don’t let her fool you, she’s a beast.