We recently adopted another rescue dog, a puppy we subsequently named "Yoshi". Wow. FYI, if you have a dog, and you think another dog will be a little more work, like at most, double the work you do right now?
It's at least triple the work having two dogs. This does not bode well should N and I ever decide to have kids. We noticed that Kirby was excellent at teaching Yoshi to "sit" and Yoshi is excellent at teaching Kirby that she doesn't really have to listen to us. At. All. So we've gone commando on the pups.
Yoshi is currently undergoing puppy training, and he's doing quite well. We even seem to have potty training well on it's way to being complete *crossesfingers*.
Kirby has always been a pretty good dog. She's very good at sit, and she sleeps the whole night through on her own bed. Once we got Yoshi, however, she started to lapse a bit. Yoshi was getting crated during the day, and Kirby wasn't. Kirby quickly started peeing and sometimes pooping on the floor while we were gone. (I'll spare you the details, and give you no pictures.) So we got ourselves another kennel/crate and now Kirby spends her days in her kennel as well.
One thing we noticed is that Kirby and Yoshi have both started to think they're the boss of us. We'd gotten in the habit of letting them out without making them sit, giving them their food for longer than they needed it (if they didn't finish it, we just left it) and they really started to take advantage of us.
So, after reading, yet again, about the FABULOUS pitties over at Two Pitties in the City, I decided we're going hard core. Really, it was talk of "down stay" that made me realize how bossy my dogs are, and how much we need a change.
Any great tips for pup-training? I'll take 'em.