Yesterday we went to the Vet's for Denny's booster shot. This time it was a little chaotic from the beginning, with me leaving concerned about how our dogs will do when both are grown up. I understand that a Vet does not automatically know a lot about dog behavior, but statements made from his/her mouth are taken more seriously, until proofen otherwise.
Does anybody with a multiple dog household, where there are a couple of males together (or more) feel comfortable giving advice?
I did read Patricia B. McConnell's opinion on multiple dog households, and I'm still worried.
Oh, and Denny was 10 weeks yesterday, weighing in at 8.8kg. Happy was 8.7kg when he was 11 weeks old. We also weighed Happy last time, four weeks ago with 37.5kg, and yesterday only 35kg. All that horsing around with Denny has cost him 2kg! Even though he gets the same amount of food, but way more treats throughout the day.
A few posts back somebody advised to get a bob-a-lot to feet the meals with that device, to give Denny something to do. We did have this big orange treat ball, which both dogs enjoyed using a lot. I gave them both, the orange ball and a Kong stuffed with treats, and off they go, nudging both along, picking up the treats as they come tumbling out. If nudging didn't bring a result for some time, they pick up the ball/Kong and drop it so it pounces a little. It's fun to watch.
They know exactly when it's empty and walk away from it.
So here is Denny working the bob-a-lot thingy for the first time. It took him maybe ten minutes to empty it out. There is one hole, which can be made smaller, if it's too easy to get the food out.
He whacked it with his paws left, and right, and tried to nudge it like the ball, but this thing does not roll around. That does not mean it can't be moved like a ball by force!
Happy didn't think at first he'd like to have his meal served like that. He watched Denny for a while, before he tried it out himself. He too wanted to roll it around, and got frustrated when it wouldn't move as he was used to.
After the last sound of the last kibble hitting the floor, they left it right away. It's not a chew toy, so it has to be removed, but they are not interested in it, when empty anyway.
After both were done, they curled up and had a nice long nap. So it must be exhausting to work this device.
I'm happy to say that I was able to spin the 4oz of fiber I started in only the last two days. Denny and Happy both were on the sofa with me for a while, before Denny thought it was too boring and started getting into trouble, which in turn brought him nothing but confinement upstairs, with my son. Did I hear him complain loudly, why yes I did, but Happy and me, just pretended we didn't and kept spinning/snoozing. Me thinks life is getting back to normal around here. :o)
PS I think it's cute, that when the time comes in the evening, and Denny gets tired, he goes upstairs and sits in front of the bedroom door. Same as Sam, and Biko did, as well as Happy. :o)