When Jake first came to live here, he would sit, on the hard wood, for hours. The same, uncomfortable, spot. I got the sense he was trained to wait; for what I don’t know. Even when he laid down, it was on the wood floor or tile. Since we were training him using tie-down (He was on a leash so he could learn how life here worked), I started putting his tie-down on softer surfaces, just in case in his previous life he was not allowed on soft surfaces. On carpet, he sat less, relaxed more. I’d bring him on the couch with me and at first he’d sit like a statue, but then, he realized it was ok and he snuggle in.
This is the exact moment I should have noticed I was creating a COMFORT MONSTER.
Now, Jake sees every soft surface as
his a bed. And if there is a hard surface where he would prefer to lay, he will drag a soft item over to make it happen. In short, Jake’s butt likes to sit upon fluffiness, he refuses to settle. Luckily for him, I’m addicted to buying dog beds. Match made in heaven.
One goal for rescuing dogs, being sure they know comfort. Jake says ‘check, check’!