October 06, 2003

Alpha Male ~ Keeping His Place

image copyright Fred First

Here the dog is "helping" me with the woodpile. He's going to be so much help chewing on firewood in coming months I can hardly stand it. Tsuga (pronounced "sooga" and named for the dying Eastern Hemlock, for those who are new to the pupster) is now twice as tall, twice as long, and at 35 pounds almost three times as heavy as the pup we brought home seven weeks ago. His neck is now almost as big as mine (but then I am a certified pencil-neck geek) and unfortunately, he still has all 100 of his puppy teeth.

Modified behavior du jour:
The lower level of the house is carpeted. Dirty dog feet and carpet make a bad mix. We want him to stay on the hardwood. He wants to come down here where I am most of the day, on the lower carpeted level. We've had two wooden chests pulled across the doorways into the lower level and have been stepping awkwardly (and dangerously) over them now for almost two months. This is not going to work now that I have to bring firewood past these barriers several times a day, so starting today, I'm leaving a foot of space between the chest and the wall. The dog can get past, but I'm hoping with enough reinforcment, he'll learn that he shouldn't. Buster learned this as a full grown dog in one day. Tsuga, on the other hand, is sort of the James Dean Bad Boy of the dog world and I'm afraid I'm going to have to threaten to take away the keys to the car before he backs off and behaves. It's gonna be a long winter.

Posted by fred1st at October 6, 2003 10:52 AM | TrackBack

It's amazing how much he looks like my dog did at that age. Almost twins. I guess if you want to see what he'll look like in 12 years, you could look at the picture in my blog from a few days ago.

Posted by: Trey at October 6, 2003 12:55 PM

He's a handsome fellow, Fred. I wouldn't be able to say no to him.

Posted by: Kurt at October 6, 2003 01:35 PM

Ooooo, he's so good LOOOOOOOOKING! And soon will behave to match, I'm sure.

Posted by: Doc Rock at October 7, 2003 05:10 PM

In his mind: But, Daaaaaaaaaad! I wanna be with yooooooou! You're the alpha, you're the alpha, you're the alpha. I'm following like a good puppy. Really really really really really really really! Pant, pant, pant. Can't you see I'm a good boy? Wag wag wag. Daaaaaaaaad! Where you goin'? Can I come too? I love you! I'm a good boy. Let's play!

That's why he wants in there.

Posted by: Da Goddess at October 9, 2003 03:31 PM

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