Chompsky loves people. Loves ‘em! Especially Emily and Joey. He wants to hop up on them to hug them hello and we don’t want him to do that because not everyone likes dogs.
On the advice of Caryn we’ve been putting him on a leash when the doorbell rings, and when he hops up we say “too bad” and take him away from the stimulus, which means we go stand in the bathroom for a bit. It gives him instant feedback when he does something we don’t like and is supposed to teach him that if he stays down he gets attention from the people he loves.
We’ve been doing it for about a week and it’s been working well! Yesterday Emily and Joey and Corey came over and while Chompsky was initially all about them, he learned that if he hopped up he lost them, but if he sat beside them everything was great. After about 45 minutes I took him off his leash and he was fine for the rest of the night, even napping at one point.
I think if he can reach the “okay, I greeted them, they love me too” stage, everything is fine, and it prevents him from obsessing about them for the rest of the night.
Usually when we visit my parents Chompsky has such a great time that when we get back he’s exhausted and sleeps pretty heavily for the next day or so. But even sometimes on regular days Chompsky will go upstairs to sleep in the office (his most recent preferred spot, since he realized the bean bag chair there made an excellent dog bed) before we go to bed, slipping away at around 8 or 9.
We used to call him down before WE went to bed to make him go outside for his nightly pee, but recently we’ve let him sleep: he knows to wake us up if he needs to go, and he sleeps through the night anyway. Usually we’re at the dog park around 5pm so the pee around 10 was a little unnecessary, especially if the pooch is sleepy and has already settled down for the night.
Chompsky had his checkup today and everything is great! His weight is .1kg different from last time, which the vet was happy with, and he said “keep doing what you’re doing, it’s making my job easy”. And unlike previous times Chompsky was cool with the anal thermometer and booster shots! I had lots of treats for him which helped.
Big ups to the lady at the dog park whose dog kept mounting Chompsky and literally licking his dick, and when Chompsky snapped at him to keep him away, told me “He needs to be told, he’s just like that”. Bigger ups for ignoring your dog for the next 10 minutes while he followed Chompsky around, mounting him every chance he got, ignoring Chompsky’s increasingly less subtle “go away” signals until I was sure a fight would start if I didn’t intervene. Bigger ups still for ignoring me as I had to physically restrain your dog to keep him off my dog. Biggest ups of all for ignoring your dog while I leashed up Chompsky and let him out of the park, having to physically block her dog from Chompsky while he tried to mount him non-stop on the way out, and only after I left the park calling your dog over, which he ignored.
If you’re going to drop an unsocialized dog in a dog the park, a) that’s a bad idea and b) for god’s sake, if you do this, at least keep an eye on your dog. That dog is totally going to get into a fight with a dog less patient than Chompsky, and it’s entirely avoidable.
At my parents’ place this weekend we went kayaking, and Chompsky wanted to come along so he swam along beside us. We kept mainly to the shore because we didn’t, you know, want him to drown if he got tired. What we failed to account for were the zebra muscles in the lake! They’re sharp little bastards, and all of Chompsky’s scrambling from water to shore for sniffs and back again cut up the pads on his paws. He’s been walking with a limp since we’ve returned and licking his paws occasionally. Poor puppy! The cuts aren’t too deep and don’t seem to be serious, but we’re keeping an eye on them.