So this little dude is Charlie.
|Charlie the mini Labradoodle|
And this goof is Scruffy.
|Scruffy the Wire Fox Terrier|
As brothers (ie. from the same household), they couldn't be more different, but they are both staying with me this week as their owner is on a trip.
During the day, I feel like a boss keeping them on a good schedule and walking two dogs at once. I'm also marvelling at their overall cooperation, ability to settle and solid housetraining (touch wood) in an unfamiliar environment. I've got this, I'm doing awesome. (It's also been pouring rain and I have a cold, so I must be superwoman or something.)
In the evenings, though, I go to bed freaked out after humping and scuffles -- anxiety in my stomach and praying it won't happen again. What if something happens that I can't control?
I have so much to learn -- how to recognise a 'normal' household scuffle vs. what is likely to escalate, how to react, how to read behaviour (I'm totally flummoxed by a strange repeating sequence where Scruffy humps my leg then forcibly removes my sock/shoe, triggering quiet meek Charlie to suddenly bark warningly at Scruffy), how to compromise for two dogs at once while also not compromising individual needs, the list goes on. I know most of this comes with practice, but... any advice?
And can anyone drop me a line to talk humping? (There's one for 'things I never thought I'd say'...)
I really have no experience with this and would dearly welcome some better understanding and advice!