Is your dog misbehaving or just bored?

Are you aware of the energy levels of your dog? It took me a while to figure out that my little crazydog Maddie was altogether less crazy if I wore her out on a consistent daily basis.

And if I didn’t wear her out? It would be 11:30 at night and she’s running circles around the house at top speed. So, knowing Maddie’s energy level, I don’t have anyone to blame but myself if I don’t provide her with enough physically and mentally stimulating activities during the day. Of course, a healthy dose of love and attention are also required to keep her happy.

Here are some tips from Lili Chin at DoggieDrawings to find out if you have a dog misbehaving (spoiler alert: no) or if it’s just bored.

Misbehaving Is your dog misbehaving or just bored?

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My Schnoodle, myself

 My Schnoodle, myselfI read a blog post this morning about how YOUR behavior creates your DOGS behavior.

Whoopsie!

My oldest dog, Izzie, who is a 6-year old Schnauzer/Poodle (Schnoodle) mix, is sometimes the spitting image of me, in terms of behavior.

How so?

  • She has a “you’re not the boss of me!” attitude (totally me!).
  • She likes her comfort (well, who doesn’t?).
  • She loves naps (yessss!).
  • She loves being the center of attention (umm…no comment).
  • She wants things just the way she wants them (just particular, not a control freak or anything like that there).
  • If she gets annoyed by things, she has no problem letting you know (sometimes you gotta set people straight, right?).
  • She gets excited over a really good dinner (well, yeah).
  • She assumes she is the boss (uhh…).

Oh, and the list goes on….

So, the problem becomes ME seeing my own behaviors in the DOG and finding them cute because they are like my own. And while I’m pretty certain the behaviors ARE completely cute in ME, when the DOG does them, it probably does not lend itself to having a well-trained dog.

I know I’m not alone in anthropomorphizing the wants and needs of my dog. But when I realize she has issues…and she HAS issues…maybe I need to look to myself to be stronger and not let her get away with so much because it reminds me of me.

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Quite possibly the funniest dog training story ever

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Illustration by Allie Brosh.

It’s no secret that one, possibly two, of my dogs are a bit mentally unstable.

Some days I call my dogs “quirky.”

Some days I’m given proof positive that one, probably two, of my dogs are…how do you say it…a couple sandwiches short of a picnic?

At any rate, I love ’em. Which is why I extra super duper LOVE this blog post from Allie Brosh of the Hyperbole and a Half blog about her “special” dog.

Read it. Read it now.

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Sometimes my dog, like me, just needs space…

I have one dog that, if I’m being honest, doesn’t care for most people. It’s probably nothing you’ve done. It’s probably nothing you’ve said. She just likes her house and her things and doesn’t really want you around them. We call her lazydog, because for the most part, the couch is her comfort zone.

When we take her outside of “her territory” she’s much more calm, but she still isn’t 100% sure about you. You might talk too loud. You might have a dog that moves around too much. You might have a dog that wants to greet her by smelling her butt. Loud and/or giggling children freak her out a bit, as well.

So, I was happy to come across this illustration from awesome doggie illustrator Lili Chin about Space Etiquette for Dogs. It’s exactly what I’ve been feeling about people getting up in my dog’s space. I know some dogs are fine with having a person run up to them, with or without another dog, and are happy no matter what. That isn’t my dog. She needs her space. It’s not good or bad, it’s just her. I mean, I can be a total bitch if you get in my space and I’m not in the mood for it. Same should hold true for dogs, right?

Space Etiqquette for Dogs Sometimes my dog, like me, just needs space...

If you have a wonderfully friendly dog, I applaud you. But I hope this helps you have compassion for those who might not.

Check out more of Lili Chin’s creative and informative dog drawings on her site.

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Insomnia


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All of your blankets are belonging to meeee.

As someone who suffers from chronic insomnia, I’m constantly reading the latest articles on how to get the best sleep possible. And there are many.

A main tip in every single damn article? Don’t let pets sleep in the bed at night.

Uggh.

The main problem is that I kind of like my dogs sleeping in the bed at night. And, without a doubt, the two of them love it.

Although, they do take up half the bed. And my husband and I are relegated to opposite sides of a king sized bed.

Crazydog likes to sleep under the covers. Lazydog (pictured) snores. Both of which I find equally adorable and aggravating as I lay awake.

But after years of allowing them to be on the bed, how does one break the news to them that all of a sudden that isn’t allowed?

As I sit yawning in the afternoon I wonder if re-training them is doable?

Has it been tested? Will they hate me?

Will I actually sleep better? Or will I have guilt over banishing them to the floor?

So many factors to consider.

Has anyone actually successfully re-trained their dogs to not sleep on the bed, and as a result, gone on to have many blissful hours of sleep? I’d love to hear your tips!

In the meantime, suggestions for industrial strength under eye dark circle concealer are always welcome.

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