You know what’s awesome? Having your resident dog teach your new/foster dog the ropes without even having to ask. Hattie is constantly checking in with Rufus, watching his every reaction to see how she should be feeling about whatever may be going on at any given moment. With very little effort, our foster girl is already getting the hang of things. It’s like she’s been Rufus-fied!
Even though Rufus has some behavioral issues we continue to struggle with (such is life, right?), he also has some great qualities we are so thankful for. And those great qualities are rubbing off on our foster pup in a wonderful way:
-The art of chilling out.
No one knows how to chill out better than Rufus – he is the master of doing absolutely nothing at any given moment. When Hattie first came to us, she was very scatter-brained and a total busy body (she is a puppy after all). And now? When she sees us all hanging out and relaxing, she does the same. In fact she seem to be on a very similar nap schedule as Rufus, only awake a little bit longer here and there to make time for antler chewing. All of this is wonderful considering her age – she’s such a good pup.
-Recall and staying close by.
Hattie loves Rufus so much that she’d rather be close to him than anywhere else. Ever. This has been really great when working on her recall because I know that as long as Rufus is close by, she won’t be far behind. Of course we haven’t done off-leash work yet as we’ve only had her for a week, but she’s great on a training lead. I see wonderful off-leash romping in her future!
-Letting the little things go.
Oh the noises. If Hattie heard any kind of action coming from outside, she’d go into a barking fit. After just a few short days of seeing Rufus unfazed by these same mysterious noises, she’s already getting so much better at ignoring the ruckus that comes with living around a ton of children and families. In short, Yay Rufus!
If you’re thinking about getting a younger dog and happen to have an adult dog that rocks in so many ways, do it! The beauty of dog-dog relationships is that they teach each other so much without having to say a word. Of course it’s still important to train your new pup – nothing replaces basic obedience training. But! It certainly is nice to have a little help from our furry friends.