So, as you recall, I had some concerns that my human was going to bring a puppy home, and I was right!
As a pack animal, it is in my nature to protect my pack. My pack is my humans. When a new animal tries to come into my pack, my instincts are to ignore it in the hopes it will move on. After five days of ignoring, I accepted that this puppy is here to stay, and it will be my job to be the teacher.
Luckily, I have some experience in teaching and have spent some time with my favorite teacher while she created lesson plans. I am also happy that my human has taken part in the work of teaching a puppy to live and play nice!
Our human has named the puppy ‘Karmel.’ The puppy has learned to do her business outside, sleep all night without disturbing others, to sit and lay down on command, to take her treat gently, and to come when called. I am responsible for teaching how to play, not to eat out of other’s plates, and to help Karmel burn off some energy. I am learning that Karmel likes to play, then sleep, then have some training, then start the cycle again. Puppies, like children, like a routine.
I have to admit I am a little jealous of the attention she gets, but I guess that’s human nature, and dog nature too! Luckily my job ensures there is a lot of attention to go around.
I hope you are all enjoying your routines!
Above is a picture of me with my new puppy, Karmel. She’s the small one!