While I wanted a puppy that would sit and snuggle with me in my chair and be my little warm companion, I also wanted a spunky puppy that had a fun personality. I got more spunk than snuggle with Oscar.
This past week, several times a day, he’s hopped up in my chair and spent a few minutes with me. The first thing he does is clear the tables on both sides of my chair, then he roots around to see if there’s anything in the space between the seat and the arms of the chair, then he knocks off my phone, my scissors, the tablet and then he sits down on the foot of my chair for 2 or 3 minutes. Is it worth it? Yes . . because hopefully next week, he’ll sit 4 or 5 minutes and at some point, he’ll spend lots of time sitting with me.
These are the moments that remind me why I put up with his craziness . . the chewing, the shredding, the escaping.
I wish I could remember when it happened but he is so trained to go outside to go to the bathroom. It seems like at about 4 or 5 months, I was thinking . . what have I gotten us into? I can take ruining furniture, shredding the carpet, the constant attention needed to keep him out of trouble, but I cannot take using the bathroom in the house . . not on the floor, not on puppy pads . . that’s something I cannot deal with. It seems like we went from “I’m not sure I can live with this” to “Oscar hasn’t had an accident in months!” There’s a wooden doggie gate at the entrance to the stairs (in the basement where we all mostly stay) that keeps him from going upstairs (most of the time) and he rattles the spindles on that gate when he needs to go out. I tried the bell when he was younger and that didn’t work. I think I’m going to try the bell again. I’m not trained so well to the gate rattling. Sometimes I’ll yell at him to stop because he also rattles the gate when Vince is upstairs and Oscar wants to go up and see him. After I yell at him to stop, I remember .. oh, he probably has to go out. I’m going to put the bell where the only reason he should be ringing it is to go out and we’ll see how that goes.
The bell will work better because if we’re somewhere else, even in a hotel, I can put the bell up, show him where it is and he’ll know to ring it to go out.