Sawyer is going to be the death of me. Totally outsmarts me all the freakin' time. And yesterday was the icing on the cake.
He's four-and-a-half months old. He probably weighs around 40 pounds, so he's not quite halfway to his adult size. But, he's still big!!!
Anyway, we were getting so frustrated with his nipping and general craziness that we went to a dog trainer yesterday at our local PetSmart. I had been dreading the entire trip. I could just picture it - him howling the whole 25-minute drive there and back. He HATES the car like you would not believe. He's missing some sort of dog gene on that issue, for sure. And he cries, whines, and howls the entire time he's in the car. So, I had that to look forward to.
And then anytime you put him into a new situation, he goes crazy. Doesn't listen to any of our commands, nips, jumps, and on and on. And the trainer had said to make sure that we all came. So, factor in 3 kids, a husband who's basically a kid, and one crazy puppy - combined with the drive there and back - and I was soooo not looking forward to this day.
In total exasperation with him that morning, I even joked, "You wait. We're gonna get there and he's going to be perfectly behaved and the trainer's going to think I'm an idiot."
Well ... guess what happened?
Yep, the PERFECT FREAKIN' DOG the whole time we were there! ARGH!!! Even in the car, he laid down on the seat and never let out a sound. Dh was laughing hysterically at me the whole way there because I was saying, "OMG. See? He's gonna make me look like an idiot! I am so mad at him for behaving so well!"
And while we were there, he sat at the trainer's feet looking angelically up at him. When the trainer wanted to see how he nips the kids, he called the kids up to Sawyer. And what did Sawyer do???? He licked them. He NEVER licks them. ARGH!
So, basically, the trainer concluded that I'm letting Sawyer know that he's overwhelming me and so Sawyer is taking advantage of me. Basically, I need to go all Dog Whisperer on him and let him know that I'm the pack leader.
And, on the way out, the trainer said with true admiration, "He's a great dog! Fast learner and really smart!"
I went off Weight Watchers and indulged in some chocolate after that.