I had my first dog, the sainted Alex, a k a “the baby,” for more than 13 years, and it’s taken me the seven years since then to admit he was slightly spoiled.
So when I got Neecy 17 months ago and Lizzie last December, I swore I wouldn’t make the same mistakes. To the most part, I’ve stuck with it. There’s no people food, a hard heart at the groomer’s and no sleeping on the bed.
I admit, I haven’t been quite as firm with the limiting of treats.I’ve gone from one a day with Neecy, to probably four or five (or five or six) a day. They are healthy treats, however, not the fatty little Snausages I used to hand out.
I’m struggling now with bedtime issues. In the last week, Lizzie has not wanted to spend the night in her crate. Maybe it’s because Neecy doesn’t go in one, and Lizzie has finally noticed. Maybe the cats are taunting her through the grille. Maybe she’s outgrowingit.
Whatever the reasons, about five minutes after she goes in the crate, the whining begins. And the yipping. And the “I’m dying in here” moans.
I don’t know what to do. I know I shouldn’t cave in and bring her to bed (letting her roam free isn’t an option because she still has a few potty and chewing issues) because that’s rewarding good behavior. But listening to her for an hour while I’m trying to sleep (and feeling guilty) isn’t much of an answer either.
So any suggestions? I’m willing to give them a try.