More often than not, our little pupsqueak is happy go lucky and loves being around people and receiving attention. I mean look… even her dogtag says so!
Take her on a walk to the park and she’ll be wagging her tail so much that her whole body shakes. (We like to call this her ‘waddle’.) Venture outside so she can do her business, and she’ll be hopping on her hind legs to greet anyone and everyone who is within her line of vision. Squirrel in the bushes? Ohhh you know this dog wants to play! Cat hissing from the 3rd story window? Happy’s thought process = “Hellooooo new furball friend!” In fact, there’s a few neighbor pups within our apartment complex who are all about the same age, and they all just loooove to romp around and go crazy in the grass (as well as get tangled up in each others’ leashes…but that is story for another day, ha!) Point is… this little pup’s name, Happy, fits her personality to a T.
Most of the time…
Ryan and I have been noticing that whenever we have company over inside our apartment, our little bebe turns into a a big girl d-o-g. A dog with a big ‘ole woof.
Who woulda thought?
(Note: no humans were harmed in the making of this post, this pic was actually taken when Happy was in a very playful mood.)
When we had our friends Gail and Rachel over on Halloween night, Happy didn’t quite know what to make of them. Then again… this may have been due to the fact that they were dressed up as tooth fairies. The frilly costumes and sparkly wands may have thrown her for a loop.
Likewise, one of my best friends from Furman stopped by this past weekend and Happy was once again not acting herself. She wasn’t aggressive by any means, but she was definitely… shy? timid? protective of me and Ryan? I guess that’s the best I can describe it. It’s all so interesting to me. When she meets strangers out in public, she is completely fine and not timid at all. But once they enter our apartment, she seems to become pretty territorial.
On the other hand… we’ve hosted out-of-towners for long weekends in our guestroom just fine. No issues at all. Ryan’s mom and stepdad spent a long weekend with us over the Thanksgiving holiday, and a week before that… Ryan’s dad and stepmom stayed with us. Happy did perfectly fine with them beboppin’ around the house. However, now that I think back to it… it did take her a little bit of time to “warm up” to them. After she realized they weren’t a threat, though, she was all licks, tailwags and waddles.
So my question to y’all who have/have had a dog… is your dog protective of you when you have company over? If so, how did you work to overcome this? Does your dog act differently outside the house than inside? My guess is that Happy is just being territorial… and deep down, she truly does love everyone. She just needs to learn to give everyone a chance and let her guard down when people enter our home.