Laika’s Lessons – What My Dog Has Taught Me
I can’t believe it will soon be three years already. Three years ago I adopted a puppy I wasn’t quite prepared for. After being on the lookout for a nice older dog I met Laika and instantly melted. It certainly wasn’t planned that way but I have no regrets.
She’s taught me a good deal about dog behavior and I’ve learned things about my own capabilities. Working with a reactive dog doesn’t really give you wiggle room; you’ve got to plan ahead and be prepared.
Time really flies when you’ve got a great dog at your side. Through all the training and work we’ve done it’s amazing how well I feel I know her; yet she still does things that surprise me.
Raising my dog has taught me many important lessons;
- Dogs can be vocal, very vocal. Howling, whining, barking, growling, and grunting. There’s always something to say.
- Not all dogs are calm at the vet; Laika cries and flinches when she’s receiving shots.
- Squirrels are the enemy.
- Mud puddles are there to be laid in.
- There is no such thing as personal space when it comes to cuddling.
- Yawns must always be loud.
- If you want to play and your owner is sleeping dropping a toy on their face is the most effective way to wake them.
- Holding hand to paw in the car is the only way to travel.
- Stretching must always be accompanied by a loud groan or sigh.
- Climbing onto the kitchen counters isn’t just for cats.
- Baths and rain are horrible but the hose is always fun.
- Play biting never gets old.
- Howling or whining at bugs on the wall is mandatory.
- Hats continue to be scary.
- Small dogs look suspicious; barking is advised.
- Petting a tail is not OK, it’s just weird.
- Sugar snap peas are the best food in the world.
- Garbage trucks need to be barked at.
- Hiding toys in coat pockets is a nice surprise for later.
My dog has taught me many things. These weird quirks and behaviors still manage to surprise me. What weird habits or behaviors does your dog exhibit?