As requested, here’s an update on Peanut and her puppies.
Because that is exactly what’s going on at our house - Peanut thinks that the dogs are her puppies.
Among the very first things that Peanut noticed when she started to notice objects were the dogs. She is absolutely in love with them.
They’re the jelly to her Peanut butter. She loves to watch them, laughs at their every move (especially when Cailey sneezes), and even lets them lick her (although I don’t let them lick her face).
They’ve become the reason for many of her milestones - she couldn’t wait to sit up so she could get her grabby little hands on them; her first real belly laugh came when Cailey tried to chew Travis’ ear; she’s learning how to walk (yup, I’m not kidding) because she wants to chase them around.
We still have quiet a few rules around here. The puppies know that they cannot be in Peanut’s room unattended (Travis has a tendency to rip everything he can reach apart). They’re not allowed to rough house while Peanut is around (Cailey can get mouthy by accident when she gets over excited). They’re not allowed to lick her face (Travis has the hardest time with this one).
And we never, ever leave the kid unattended with the dogs. Although we’re sure that nothing would ever happen and that the pups love her as much as they love us, it’s just not worth it to find out otherwise.
We’ve also started teaching Peanut a little more about the dogs.
She’s started to grab their fur very roughly, so we grab her hand before it reaches them and pet the dogs together “nicely.”
This doesn’t always work because Peanut is very quick to find something she’s not supposed to do and then go for it as fast as possible.
Thankfully, we’ve been prepping the dogs to such treatment by grabbing their fur hard and often. At this point they either take it, or simply stand up and walk away.
Since that won’t work with other dogs, we want to get Peanut started on the right track for success with the pups. Otherwise, how else would she be the next Dog Whisperer?
Does anyone remember this pic? Aww Peanut, why do you keep growing so quickly?
Check out the original post about babies and puppies here.
How do you work with your dogs to make sure they’re playing safely with the dogs?
Do all your pack members get along?
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