I know I share a lot of challenges about Doug. Some I share so that others know that the struggle is real here too. Some are just funny. Mostly, it’s just reality, right? Kids are way harder dogs, but raising dogs is something new every day too. Both journeys are everything that love is about though.
Doug was handful from day one. He was every bit as spastic as Melvin was, but having Melvin didn’t automatically train me for Doug. Doug was energetic, Doug was not down with any helpful commands, but the worst part was, he mouthed my feet, 24/7.
Doug is now none of those things. Yes, he is energetic, and there are spastic moments, but that is also, just Doug. He and I have come a long way and there has been a lot of joint compromise.
There is now, mostly good. I mean, can’t we all claim that? I’m mostly good too!
- Doug greets the day with an exuberance that most will never be able to replicate. He springs from bed into a zoomie manuerver that takes him down the steps and out the door in about 3 seconds flat! He reminds me every morning that we are chasing joy.
- Doug loves to eat. He loves food more than zoomies. But he has never once barked to be fed, and on days when we had to withhold food, he never showed me any punishment.
- I taught him leave it. It is how I got him to stop destroying my feet. He knows leave it no matter what the situation is. I have complete confidence in Doug and that command.
- He never marked in the house. He had a few accidents at the start but who cares about that.
- He is GREAT in the car. He loves car rides but just in general, he is calm and happy no matter how long the journey.
- He does not beg. He will stare at you with the intensity of a fiery hot sun. And he will drool. But he will not try to take food or invade your eating space.
- If i put him in the mudroom, or when he had to be crated after surgery, he never fought back on that. He goes in and waits to be let out.
- He will stop anything and everything he is doing if I raise the volume on my voice and calmly say, absolutely not.
- He sleeps 10+ hours a night. I’m not even joking about this.
- He is not all that verbal. He’s more interested visually in what’s outside the window than he is to bark about it. He barks if he hears a noise that startles me and he barks like crazy at Bob #2.
- He loves people. Like he wiggles and wags and smiles and froths and very few people are nervous to meet him. The ones who are mostly just worry his exuberance might result in them falling over.
- He knows all the drills. When the doorbell rings, he has to go into the office. When I say bed, he goes upstairs and gets into his bed. When I say dinner, he breaks down all barriers to get to his bowl. He then sits and waits until it’s placed in front of him.
- He knows go upstairs, go downstairs, get on your mat, go into your room (mudroom), go into office.
- He knows sit, down, touch. He refuses to learn stay. Stay doesn’t translate to nuclear energy.
- He never learned come but he did learn treat and now I use that to get him to where I need him to be.
- He has moments when he has crossed over to hyper. When his face gets tight and his eyes get a little crazy. I say nap, and he goes to chill out for a little while.
He’s crazy. I am pretty sure he will always be a certain level of nuts. That is who he is. But he’s also become a really, really, great dog.
I see so much of Melvin and Jake in him. I know that what I see in him in those moments, is me. I am the common denominator.
I understand Doug and Doug understands me too.
Who you calling crazy?