Puppy, the Dachshund gets a lesson in etiquette . . .

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of visiting friends in Payson, AZ.  They have a wonderful log cabin with lots of character and history, and they have an amazing dog with very refined manners.  I couldn’t help noticing a contrast with my own beloved (and talking) pet, Puppy.  I decided to take advantage of the occasion and take a few photos which I could show to Puppy as a teaching tool.

When I got home, I showed Puppy the photos:

not looking at the camera

“Puppy, this is you when I try to take your picture.  You always look away.  Here is how you could look.”

looking directly at camera

“I can’t look like that.  My hair isn’t white,” he responded.

cleaning up crumbs

“Here is a picture of a dog cleaning up crumbs, but not begging at the table,” I continued. “And here is a picture of you under the table.”

shredding tamale

“I was cleaning too,” he said.

“That’s debatable,” I said to myself.

“Here is a picture of a dog giving a polite greeting.” I tried again to show Puppy an example of etiquette.

polite greeting

Here is you when I came home yesterday:

ignoring new arrival

“My back was itching,” Puppy countered.

Here is an example of a dog who sleeps on his own bed, and here is you:

on dog bed not human furniture

on human furniture

“Well, this is the first I’ve heard of it,” Puppy said.

I had to stop in my tracks.  What he said was true.  I am  a completely permissive parent and haven’t tried to change Puppy’s behavior.  Why start now?

Instead I will make this blog post into a blatant advertisement for my new book, “My Talking Dachshund”, only 99 cents on kindle!  Puppy is fine the way he is, but my friend’s dog . . . outstanding example of good dog parents!




Question for dog owners . . .

Lucy and Puppy walking

When my beloved rescue dog, Lucy and dachshund Puppy used to go for walks with me, Lucy was the one who was interested in smelling.  She would stop at any mailbox, cable box,  fire hydrant, or light post as well as walls, rocks, or just gravel in general and carefully sniff for who knows what. (My guess is urine, but I’m not really sure).  Puppy would stand by and wait.

Puppy waiting for Lucy to sniff

Lucy was so good at investigating smells, separating them, and sorting them by categories.  Puppy never showed any interest and in fact would impatiently pull on his leash to make us continue on the walk.

Puppy pulling Lucy

Time has passed and sweet Lucy has gone the way of the earth.  Now it’s just Puppy and me on walks and he has completely changed.  He stops constantly to sniff, much more passionately than Lucy did.

Puppy sniffing

My question is, “What gives?”  Can any dog whisperer out there explain this change in behavior?

If you would care to know more about a typical dachshund’s behavior, I invite you to check out my new middle grades children’s book with photograph illustrations, “My Talking Dachshund.”