I recorded about 3o seconds of Solo’s 30 minute tantrum yesterday. But when I tried to post it, it wouldn’t go. And you should all thank me. Because even 30 seconds can seem like a lifetime. He wanted his play buddy, he wanted attention, he wanted my seat. Eventually he wore himself out. But it is hard to stay mad at a face like this.
Today is a whole new day. Obviously, the morning walk is not always the best indicator of how the overall day is going to go. He is still asleep on the couch. I walked both dogs around 2pm, just in time to beat the school buses. And he still pitched a fit. But it was at 6:15 instead of 4:15.
At least he ate breakfast and dinner. I think I will spend some time looking for new dog toys and games while I am doing my volunteer cat duty at PetsMart tonight.
This morning I posted about Solo and his fits, tantrums and rants. He is a very vocal dog and uses his voice to try and get what he wants. One of, actually THE key issue with Solo is a lack of consistency from his parents and even Annabelle. We were told to ignore his whining and barking and he would learn that he doesn’t get what he wants when he does that. I ignore. Michael does not. And since Solo doesn’t distinguish between negative and positive attention, Michael scolding him or yelling at him is still the attention he was looking for.
Annabelle is even worse. When I am ignoring Solo, she jumps off the couch (yes, the couch, don’t get me started) and brings him a toy or plays with him. So, it is hard to train the dog, even harder to train Michael and Solo gets mixed messages. But when I yell at him, he knows it is serious and stops whatever he is doing.
As I am typing this, Solo is taking a nap. And while he is the vocal one, Annabelle seeks what she wants in different ways. She barks some. Not nearly like Solo. But as I look up from my computer, I see this. And she didn’t make a sound…..
As the name of my blog would suggest, we have a barker in my house. Which is all fine, except I work from home full-time and am the lucky recipient of all barking, whining, tantrums and fits. That would be Solo. He tries to be a good boy, but sometimes it is just to hard. And Annabelle is not without her own challenges. The top three being: UPS, thunderstorms and fireworks. So, thanks to Julie and her mom over at PB Fingers (read blog post here), I have decided to try Thundershirt! I am very skeptical that it will do anything for Solo’s barking, but we certainly have an almost daily trial built in with Annabelle and UPS. And the next time a thunderstorm rolls through, I will try it then to. If they don’t work, they are going back!
But hell, I will try almost anything once!
Now that you know how Annabelle came to adopt us, let me tell you that I could not have asked for a better first dog. We decided to crate train her until we knew how she would be with the other 4-legged kids in our house (cats). As soon as we set up the crate on that first evening, she went right in it on her own and laid down. She looked at us as if to say, what took you so long? We thought well, who knows what else she knows. So we started throwing commands at her. Turns out she knew: sit, stay, shake and down. We have managed to add to that, despite ourselves really. Now she also knows: up, couch, toy, and off. She really is smarter than the rest of us. Which means that she picks and chooses when she wants to remember any of these commands.
This is what happens when the Solo, aka Bark, thinks that EVERY seat in the house belongs to him. Even when you are already in it. I wouldn’t cave to his whining and barking and ended up with a 70 lb hound in my lap.
Exactly who should have been in the chair and who should have been on the floor was too long of a discussion to have at the time. Especially since we were all catching up on True Blood at the time.
Next time, I will curl up on the dog bed!
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