Today, more puppy thoughts. Just because I'm home for the summer and I have most of my conversations with dogs….
I never was completely sold on the idea of a second dog. But it did make sense because I hated the thought of Scout spending his days alone while we're at work. Jett is super cute, quite fluffy, and doesn't object when I carry him around. He's just now getting to the point where he loves to be loved by us; he tries to climb up my legs when he's scared, for example. But he is not passive. He is quite vocal and will let you know when he doesn't like something. One time, I picked him up and moved him off the bed. "Rawr! Rawr! Rawr!…Rawrrrrr!" and then he went back to sleep.
I never thought of dogs as having different personalities. However, our two dogs could not be more different. Scout is very reserved. He's very sensitive. Intuitive to our feelings. If Scott or I are feeling anxious, Scout paces and frets with us. If Scott tries to leave the house without him, Scout will block the doorway. He'll also stand by the truck. He knows how things work.
Jett? Well, Jett is in his own little world. He is not intuitive to our feelings. He tromps around caring only about his next meal. Sometimes I think Jett only gets excited when we come home because he sees Scout get all worked up. He cares not what we think about discipline. Only recently has he become afraid of us because, honestly, the whacks had to get more severe. He chooses to make bad decisions time after time. The house training isn't going spectacularly well with this one. We're trying to put the fear of God into him now. All puppies need the fear of God in order to become good dogs (I'll put that in my forthcoming dog-training manual).
Then I tell myself that he's only 3 months old. Then I think that Scout was much better at 3 months…but maybe I'm deluding myself on that one. Maybe I've forgotten. Puppy training is not for the weak-hearted. In fact, I should really give this little guy more credit. He spent the first month of his life with us being shuttled between our house in Missouri, Scott's apartment on the college campus, and our house in Colorado. Consistency has not been his friend. We're probably lucky that he's as good as he is!
Scout has become the model dog. Jett gets treats for telling us when he needs to go outside. Scout gets treats just for being Scout. I figure if we can "raise" one good dog, we can do it again, right?
But then they both are really into digging holes. So maybe I won't be writing that manual after all.