Instead of escapades, we’re going to have Oscarpades!
When we got Speck as a puppy, Vince was working. Vince had not wanted a dog so I tried to shield him from all the puppy craziness – accidents on the carpet, chewing up things, etc. Now, Vince is right here, front and center for all the excitement.
Yesterday morning he took Oscar outside and he came in and said “I believe he’s possessed!” Vince said Oscar would lay down on the grass, then jump up and from the prone position, go into a full run, turning circles and jumping and being a crazy dog. Then, he’d be running as fast as he could, then just fall back into the prone position. He loves being outside!
Because of a couple of accidents on the carpet, he’s now fenced off from the carpet. The folding wooden fence has fairly narrow spaces between the slats . . just a bit more narrow than a dachshund nose. I was stitching, Vince was playing a game and Oscar started squealing. He had his nose stuck between the slats. By the time we got to him, which was about 4 steps away, he had extricated himself. Vince and I both started laughing because when I would load the dishwasher, Speck would stick his nose through the holes in the tray and try to lick the plates. One night he got his nose stuck and he was pitching and bucking and he wouldn’t be still so I could help free him. It was like a greased pig! Vince could hear him squealing and he came running into the kitchen about the time I got Speck loose.
At one point yesterday, we both said “What’s that noise?” Then we realized it was Oscar chewing in the baseboard!
We will survive the puppy stage . . right?
Judy you might try the bitter apple spray for the chewing. Any time we have had a dog start chewing–we spray it on that area then they stop–must taste really bad. Here is a link. https://www.amazon.com/Grannicks-Bitter-Apple-8oz/dp/B00LRKJV1Q/ref=sr_1_5?ascsubtag=1ba00-01000-org00-win10-dsk00-nomod-us000-gatwy-feature-SEARC&keywords=bitter%2Bapple%2Bspray%2Bfor%2Bdogs%2Bto%2Bstop%2Bchewing&qid=1647353494&sr=8-5&th=1
I did order some but would rather not use it. I try to divert his attention away from things he shouldn’t chew on to things he can chew on. We never leave him loose when we aren’t with him so hopefully he won’t do any damage before we can stop it.
Aren’t puppies wonderful. I live with my daughter and son-in-law. Both our English bull dog and a terrier mix died within two months last year. That was hard. In late June they came home with not one but two Boston terrier puppies. Some days it’s like a 3-ring circus. We have a wooden gate like yours that has one post that has really been chewed on. Also the bottom of a bookcase and chairs. Toys are constantly being replaced. Also have chewed their beds and pillows. They have unzipped cushions and started to removed the stuffing. We have a large fenced in back yard that they can run and play in but we have to watch them as plastic bags or other trash will sometimes blow in. Our neighbors have two small older dogs. The four dogs meet at the fence and race each other up and down. They are so much fun to watch and we sure do love them. We know the puppy stage doesn’t last forever. The brown and white female is smaller but a week older. The black and white (with brindle) male is larger and both had surgery when they were old enough.
If you did change his name to Roscoe, “Roscopades” is as good as “Oscarpades”. 😉
Whew!! I’m glad you got the puppy and I’m reading about his escapades so I can remind myself–no more puppies!! 🙂 🙂
Once you fall in love with them, they’re yours forever but .. WOW! He requires so much supervision and if I sit for more than three minutes, I know he’s into something. I told Vince . . forget thyroid meds, I think I need puppy food. Where does all that energy come from? He will be standing with all four feet on the floor and I’ll say “Oscar, come here”. He jumps straight up in the air about 8″, then runs 90 miles an hour.. He will usually make at least four circles around the room, under the tables, and do a couple of figure 8s before he comes to me. Vince and just shake our heads and say “What were we thinking?” He is definitely entertaining.