Five days into puppy-owenership, and things are still pretty loud around here. We are all three learning how to make this work. Thankfully, Mia is smart and eager to please so we’ve already had some small successes in behavior training! Training is sometimes annoying, but it’s rewarding when you can see improvements. Especially so quickly. I’m looking forward to starting an obedience class sometime soon.
I am feeling better about the situation now that she is settling down a little bit. It’s not her fault, but I still find myself anxious when she is being loud and/or “mouthing” me. Mia’s a big dog, and I don’t like being reminded of what happened with Lulu. But I have to remember that she’s not Lulu. She’s friendly and gentle (even when she gets overexcited and play-bites me, she doesn’t apply any pressure). We haven’t seen any signs of aggression or fear in Mia. I keep reminding myself that if the worst thing I have to worry about is that she’ll chew something I don’t want her to, or she’ll keep me up by barking at night, then I’m in good shape. Because I know that we can work on correcting those behaviors with her.
I feel like I am comparing Mia to Lulu a lot, both negatively and positively. I’m not sure it’s fair, but I can’t help wishing she were more like Lulu in personality (laid-back and independent), while simultaneously being relieved that she’s not like Lulu in the one big negative THING that was wrong with Lulu (aggression and biting). I’m sure that instinct to compare the two will fade as I get used to Mia.
I don’t have any point or conclusion; I’m just rambling. And now it’s my bed time. I’m crossing my fingers that the “less barking every night” trend continues.