I must say, ever since the New Year, Ryan and I have seen a world of improvement in Happy’s temperament. Not to say that she was horribly mannered or out of control in the first place, but as I touched on in a previous post, she was timid and barked quite a bit around strangers (especially men). She doesn’t do this nearly as much anymore, as she now understands we often share our house with guests.
Her obedience training probably has a lot to do with this change in temperament, too, but I also think she is maturing. On Monday, she will be 9 months old!! I seriously cannot believe it…
When we first got Happy, she would nearly keel over from excitement when either of us got home from work during the week. She would bark and yelp her little heart out as if she were trying to express all of the thoughts that had gone through her head while she was sitting at home alone in her create. She has gotten much better at controlling her squeals and anxiety, but she still tends to be the most rambunctious right when we walk in the door.
In the past few weeks, Ryan and I have been toying with the idea of leaving her out of her crate while we are gone. Three weeks ago, we set up my laptop next to the washer/dryer directly in front of her crate so that Ryan could watch Happy via Gmail video-chat in her crate while I was out on a run.
Needless to say, it was not a pretty site and it broke Ryan’s heart. She was throwing a fit, whining for 20 minutes and digging at and gnawing on the bars of the crate.
Ryan was finally able to see her calm down (before he accidently Xed out of the screen), and when I got home about an hour later, she was sound asleep in her crate. Regardless, though, it left a big impression on us, and we are trying to figure out a way to give her a little more freedom.
A few days after that little experiment, Ryan and I decided to try out another location. I isolated Happy in the kitchen with a baby-gate and set up the Gchat video on my laptop to “babysit” Happy while I went out on a run. Things went a little better, but she still threw the same temper tantrum…this time where the neighbors could undoubtedly hear her if they were to walk by. Not wanting to get written-up, we’ve decided it’d be best to leave her in the crate until we figure out another option.
Does anyone have any advice for us to help Happy get through the day when we both have to be gone? Does anyone else feel sad leaving their pup when they go off to work? Fortunately, Happy only has to go about 4-5 hours/day during the work week without either of us home, as I go into work during the afternoon and Ryan get’s home from work between 6PM and 7PM.
Does anyone else wonder what their pups are trying to say to them when they bark and yelp?! There are days when I wish Happy could speak English, just so I could hear what goes on in her little head… with her personality, I bet she has the funniest things to say!