how I failed as a dog parent (and still have the greatest dog in the world)
I feel like so many people try to cover up their struggles with their dogs, because EVERYONE on the internet will be like — OMG YOU ARE THE WORST HUMAN EVER. I figure it’s time for some real talk.
Pudge is not crate trained.
Pudge and loose leash walking on a flat collar is a joke.
Pudge is leash reactive (we’ve made huge progress).
Pudge doesn’t really do fetch.
Pudge has absolutely zero drive, which is unusual for a corgi.
Pudge really doesn’t have dog friends, he tolerates their existence.
But Pudge has no separation anxiety, he calmly remains in the kitchen quarantine when we leave and sleeps. He makes really cool noises and vocalizations. He really loves humans and human affection, and even adores tiny sticky humans. Pudge really enjoys naps and nap time. He greets you with trills and ridiculous cries of joy. He takes less than 1 minute to go out and pee, no funny business. He pees and poops on command. He is patient during bath time and fluff trimming. He recalls like a boss. He’s never bitten anyone or anything, not even the vet or vet tech (he just cries like a big baby). He is too big and stumpy to really ever climb on things (plus he’s afraid of heights). He doesn’t destroy things, he doesn’t pee in the house, but he will bark. Oh does he bark. He’s smarter than the average dog, but by no means the smartest. He plops his butt down at every intersection waiting for his release command. He waits until we are up before he starts his morning boofs for pees/food, and he can be patient for walkies on the weekends.
So he doesn’t do some doggie things. And he’s totally not a perfectly behaved dog, he’s got some issues. But he’s a fantastic companion.
HE IS THE GREATEST DOG. The sweetest most snorgliest pile of fluff. Straight up chill.
I love this dog. No regrets.
This is exactly it. A lot of times, all of us portray our dogs as little angels. I’m certainly one of them! Kaeda is awful on a flat collar, even a martingale. She’s leash reactive to people, dogs, small critters. She sucks at using the bathroom outside - sometimes it takes an entire walk before she wants to poop making me very frustrated. She chews on things she shouldn’t, and she chases the cat and bites her neck any time she can.
But she is seriously the best dog ever. She knows the commands that I’ve taught her. She’s loyal to me, and such a cuddle bug. I wouldn’t change her for the world!
Watson IS an angel. Lol
But he is a terror to my arm on a leash. I can’t get him to heel for the life of me.
I want to ride a bike with him but he’s terrified of it and his leash pulling is too dangerous to ride.
He barks non-stop at stupid things like people next door or a car driving down the street (seriously, dog, you grew up in an apartment and we live in a duplex, this aint new!)
Once you get one dog barking its all is over for him. I’ve tried everything to keep him from barking (everything humane.)
He doesn’t care for too many other dogs. He tolerates most of them. He never plays at the park, he just herds and breaks up other dogs’ fun and wrestling and thinks that’s proper dog play.
Seriously tho, he is an angel. He’s super smart and picks up on cues and commands so easily, even things I never taught him. Its incredible.
He’s fabulous off leash and never strays far from my side. On hikes he’s always checking on me and never goes farther than 10 feet from me.
He eats in his kennel enthusiastically.
He loves everyone and anyone. He adores children and is now super gentle with them (he used to jump on them and knock the down but now he’s fantastic)
He might not be the smartest dog in the world but he’s certainly the smartest dog I’ve ever owned.
Snuggly, affectionate, people pleaser, all around adorable and always smiling.
Dogs are our children. Moms and dads will always think their children are perfect angels.