|Emma, 22 weeks, hides behind my recliner when|
she thinks it's bedtime or something frightens her, such as
the camera in my hand.
She's hitting the teenage stage of life. She's only two weeks shy of 6 months of age. At that age the puppy decides that maybe playing the games I offer or even doing well known cues may not be worth her effort. This is the case, I am seeing those first budding moments of rebellion. She's whining at night in her crate in hopes that I'll fold and let her out and sleep in the bed with me. She's pushing and testing boundaries with me and the dogs to see if they still exist. Thus, my role as her handler and puppy raiser is to tell her that, yes, the rules still apply and her teenage moods will not prevail.
But she's also at that age in her growth that she's a lot like the defiant toddler who wants both independence and to know where I am at all times. She's telling me in her own puppy way that she doesn't like going to bed at night by hiding behind my recliner or that she's not wanting to play my game when I am training by engaging the toys or dogs in the area instead of taking the food I offer. I suspect I am seeing a lot more of her puppy defiance that her owners, since I spend more time with her currently than they do. That's okay, I am ready and able to deal with doggy teenhood - I have been waiting for its arrival.
Her confidence is growing again. I am so happy to see that. She enjoys a good game of tug or Catch Me If You Can (she can) or "beat the puppy" which she thinks is silly. She enjoys a good snuggle and is generally a happy, bouncy and playful young girl. She's funny also; she enjoys a good pounce on a treat or a wiggly flop when training.
Today we worked on Crate and Go To Mat together. I am making the crate a part of her world and not the evil thing that locks her up at night. I brought it out into the kitchen and put her mat before it. I left it open for the day and let her explore and play with her. I just let the crate exist in her world and didn't act like it was a big deal that it was there.
Next week we'll work on a series of behaviors, since she's regained her willingness to train again, and see how she does. I suspect it'll be another short week, since it's a holiday weekend and her family may want a full four days playing with her. I think it'll be good for her and she'll enjoy the vacation from training here. I hope she has a great weekend with her owners.
Go To Mat
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