Bella, our puppy is very smart, and she picks up things quickly. She was top of the class at puppy school. Recently she has been difficult when it comes time to go for a walk.
She likes to go for a different walk each time, and if I head off in the normal direction, she sits down and refuses to move. If we turn in a new direction, she’s happy and bouncy, trotting alongside like a perfectly behaved pet. If she meets “little people” during her walk and especially giggly little girls, she sits down and refuses to move until a meet and greet has been completed.
Color me frustrated.
At first it was funny, and I laughed. Then this stubborn behavior happened every day, and I lost my sense of humor.
I tried speaking in a stern voice.
I tried bribery with some dog crackers.
I tried pulling her. (Can’t do this too hard because her collar sometimes pops over her head, and the last thing I want is a loose puppy on the busy roads)
I tried shouting. (The neighbors twitched their curtains, but that was all that happened. Bella didn’t move!
Finally last week, in exasperation, I sat down in the middle of the footpath and glared over at Bella. She looked at me, and I could literally see the surprise on her furry face. She jumped up and came over for a pat. I got to my feet and our walk continued. Each time she decided to sit, I sat too.
Our outings seemed to go a bit more smoothly, and I got my way about the location of our walk.
I was telling my husband when he got home from work, and he started laughing.
“What?” I asked.
“Don’t you see what has happened?” he said. “Bella has taught you to sit!”
Anyone else have a naughty pet? Also, does anyone have suggestions for natural remedies for dog allergies? We’re not sure what is causing the allergy. There are so many variables.