This post is a bit of a rant. Rita is the most hard headed dog I’ve ever encountered and that says a lot considering I’ve had three dachshunds. She’s pushy, conniving and a user all rolled up in a chihuahua body. She won’t let us hold her, doesn’t like to be petted. I have no idea about her history so I try to be patient with her. I do love her but I’m not sure she loves us.
I can take a lot and I can ignore a lot . . like when she goes to the door and I know she doesn’t really need to go out but she moans and groans and I can almost hear her saying “I can’t hold it any more so don’t gripe when I pee on the floor!” I get up, go out because how do I really know she doesn’t have to go out”? We walk around the house and come back in . . nothing! 100 timesa day! It’s just a walk around the house. I’ll play along.
What I won’t tolerate is her waking up at 5 or 5:30, getting me up, then she comes in and gets on the sofa and sleeps the day away while I have all my chores to get done and I’m a big grumpy because I didn’t get enough sleep and don’t have time for a nap. It’s gardening season in Texas!
My rant: I believe most any dog can be taught most anything with proper determination, patience and rewards. I taught Rita to eat breakfast an hour or so after we get up. When Vince was working, we’d get up at 6. I’d get him fed and out the door and about 7:30, I’d have the kitchen cleaned up and I’d feed Rita. She was happy with that.
Vince retired. He thinks he and Rita should eat the minute they wake up. She keeps waking up earlier and earlier and she wants to eat, and he feeds her, and then she goes back to sleep. This morning, she got up at 5:30. He got up with her . . took her out and fed her. NO! Then he brings her back to her little bassinet and he went back to sleep. She would not stay in the bassinet so I had to get up.
I told Vince . . she doesn’t eat til at least 8 a.m. Do not feed her before 8. It may be frustrating for a few days but she’ll learn. If she wakes up again way early, take her out, let her go to the bathroom, then bring her in and leave her in the living room by herself if he wants to come back to bed. She won’t like that and she’ll figure out that she needs to stay in bed til we wake up.
I’m a night owl. I’m usually still up at 1 or 3 a.m. I am NOT getting up with a dog at 5:30 a.m. . . I hope!