October 11, 2003

Dances with Wolves

Many of the dog-behavior websites I have visited talk about how important it is for puppies to be well-socialized, mingling frequently with as many humans of all ages as possible as well as with a variety of dogs. Sequestered here on Goose Creek, our 14-week-old pup doesn't get out much. We've had few people and no dogs come to visit since he's been with us. And so when new friends came to dinner Thursday night, let's just say Tsuga did not handle himself with the deportment one would hope to see in a refined and mannerly young male canine of fine breeding and upbringing. And his upbringers were mortified.

"Look at me! I'm running with a stick in my mouth!"

"Look at me! I'm gonna jump off this six foot ledge into rocks!"

"Look at me! I'm eating deer poop!"

One thing Tsuga doesn't cope with is not being the center of attention, and while David and I tried to have a conversation as we walked down the valley, the dog did every bad thing he could think of that would garner attention... even if it was BAD attention. How very spoiled and child-like!

I bring this up because later today we will drive back to our dog's birthplace for the Powell's Puppy Party Reunion and Pig Roast. Tsuga's litermates and their upbringers will convene for an afternoon of... well, I am not quite sure what to expect. But I think I have an idea.

Posted by fred1st at October 11, 2003 06:51 AM | TrackBack

On Tsuga's behalf it should be noted that he is properly appreciative when given a gift.
"For me! Wow!
"I can't believe it's for me!"
"Thanks! Wow!"
This was then accompanied by five minutes of flipping end-for-end and jumping over his gift. Restrained deportment may come in a few years. Right now, his enthusiasm carries the day. He is a credit to his owner.

Posted by: David at October 11, 2003 09:21 AM

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