'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Friday, 14 January 2011

Blood and Water.

Today, Lola's brother Rocky came over to visit--and to come on a walk with us.

It was great to see him (and his owner, Daisy). It's strange to look at Lola and Rocky together; in some ways they're so similar, in others extremely different. Lola is the only one of the litter with scruffy fur (she's not quite wirey, but she isn't exactly smooth either), and Rocky's felt so soft compared to hers! He's also chunkier, slightly shorter-legged and has a slightly thicker, shorter tail. When they were together, L looked almost gangly, which was odd.

The two have inherited from their mum the tendency to stick right next to you on walks. They only ventured away to play and follow Jess, really; otherwise both of them stayed close. It was really adorable to have them both out!

Rocky still doesn't like to go downstairs, whilst Lola managed to get over her fear of stairs within a week or so of being here. We managed to get Rocky to follow Lola down the steps throughout Alkies park, but he did not want to come down the stairs back at my house. Daisy tried to coax him down with dry biscuits and he would only wave a paw toward the next step; I tried a meat stick, and he eventually slid down onto the next step, then down the four or so until he reached the ground. He's such a laidback little puppy, too: L looks downright neurotic next to him. She's also much more drivey and enthusiastic; her recall is quicker, her 'down' super-fast, and she licks at your face absolutely frantically compared to chilled-out Rocky.

When we got back from the hour and a half (or so) walk, the puppies conked out, played for a bit, then conked out again, whilst Jess took on the Very Important Task of chewing an antler. Daisy and Rocky arrived at about half ten and left at about twenty to two; so by the time they left, L was exhausted. She's slept solidly since half two; and even Jess, who didn't really lower herself to play with a young boy-dog, seems knackered by all that running (and ignoring my recall commands, hmm). Hopefully we'll be seeing Rocky again soon! It was fab to see him: such a chunky, handsome little dog!


Sara said...

How fun! They are so cute together, I bet you attracted a lot of attention on your walk.

Interesting to see how littermates can be so different.

Sophie, Jess and Lola said...

We definitely did; even more people wanted to touch them than usual. Lola just dodged the hands and greeted the other dogs, and Rocky tolerated the hands and barked his head off at the dogs. (:

It is indeed. I'm curious to see how they develop as they grow. There are a few others from the litter around (though I haven't seen them yet) - I'll probably see them in summer, and it'd be nice to see how they have grown.