Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Crazy Man Day

I don't know what's gotten into him today. He's finally napping, so let us just cross our fingers that the rest of the day goes by smoothly. 

I woke up this morning with plenty of dishes to do. So, I put my ear phones on and while singing Tiny Dancer started my scrubbing. (Little did I know, Skyler had also started on his own "project.") Soon later, looking at an almost empty sink, I got that excited "there's only a few spoons left" feeling. "Finally," I thought, "I can sit down with my coffee." 

Well, Mr. Man had different plans for Mommy and it wasn't long until I discovered a living room of toilet paper scraps. An entire roll to be more exact.

While I finished vacuuming up the tiny pieces, he destroyed a pencil he found on the table. And he did all this before he had me chasing him around the apartment with the movie Ryan and I rented last night in his mouth.

I put in his favorite movie and this kept his attention for a short bit:

But a loud truck clunking around outside lured him to the bedroom window and sure enough he started with his "I'm the boss of this place" barking routine. This is a fairly new routine that Ryan and I really have to work on. It's the first time in a while that Skyler hasn't been enrolled in classes. So, I've been searching around online for some advice on addressing this new behavior before it gets too out of control. I did find some great advice for big mouth doggies. And while I don't agree with leashing him and giving him a yank when he barks, I do agree with the concept of distracting him and giving him something better to do. He'd still much rather train and get treats from Ryan and I than bark. So my homework for a few weeks will be to try this method out. Anyone have any other ideas?

He's napping now. I tried to snap a picture, but he opened his eyes and lifted his head quickly. Terrified that I had woken the monster, I wisely tip-toed away.


  1. Good luck is clear that your mommy needs more training.

    Teka Toy

  2. Ok here is what you tell them to do..when you go mental barking( not that we do that of course AT ALL) you get them to say WHo wants a quiet cookie? You stop barking and go and get the treat.... this has to be done about twelve thousand times before it takes affect and it isn't 100% but they say it does help..Love A+A

  3. Hi Skyler, yup Gus is right...humans need the training not us pups!!! Can't give you any advice about your barking...I never bar, I know it sounds weird but I just don't!! Mom say's if I see a squirrel, that's about it!! Good luck on training your human!! BOL!!

    lotsa licks,

  4. Tank woo fur khoming by my khorner!

    I khan't wait to see how your human training goes!


  5. Hehehe. Cracker dog, huh?