Discipline & Patience
As a kid, I never quite understood the accuracy in my mom’s facetious statement “You’re cute when you’re asleep.” That was until we got Witty. Now it’s clear what she meant. He’s cute when he sleeps. Even when he wakes up, he’s groggy and cuddly. It’s the kind of scene you picture when you conjure up images of puppies. But let a minute go by and he’s rushed with adrenaline of superhero proportions.
His teeth (or whatever is left of them at this point – see below!) show as he barks his high-pitched screech. He twists and turns and runs in circles before picking up his toys one-by-one one until all of them are scattered throughout the house. He’s telling us something, but what? Obviously he wants to play and we do. Maybe he wants to go out again, but we just took a 2 mile walk on legs that aren’t even fully developed yet. He’s losing teeth on the daily, but is this craziness because of the discomfort? Or… is this just what puppies do? We’re not sure. It seems normal, but we’re new at this, so we guess.
With each day we do see more areas of improvement. Other than his energetic, nippy, play, we also wonder how to get Witty on a more regular bathroom schedule. We’ve cut him from 3 meals a day to two large meals (one at breakfast and one at dinner) to help, but still he has a lot of energy throughout the day, at least on the days I am home. Usually he “goes” sporadically throughout the day. Unless he REALLY has to go, he won’t “go” on his walks. We are trying to get him to go once in the morning and once at night, but how? How do you train a dog to do that without having to take him to training classes? Also, he was doing so well before we went to California with him. He’d sit by the door and bark when he had to go out. Now, he’s not so good about that.
The other thing we noticed is his need for other animals in his life. We want him to have companionship with other puppies, so we used meetup.com to find a schnauzer puppy meetup. Of course, this is New York so there is a good amount to choose from. We chose to go to with New York City Schnauzers Play Group, but we shall see!