Coby is our puppy at almost 9 months of age. He is as cute as can be, but man can he be a stinker!!!! He has definitely changed our family dynamics. Before Coby came along, Artie and Buddy spent most of their time lying around or eating. There wasn’t much play between the two unless Dave and/or I were involved. They also rarely left our sides at the dog park. Both of these situations have changed. Artie and Coby play a lot, whereas Buddy stands by to be the “referee”. He barks like crazy as he hangs out next to the wrestling. There are times when Buddy will join in, but he doesn’t play nearly as much as Artie. Their dog park behaviors have changed too. Instead of hanging by us, they venture off more and take part in dog type activities. It brings us so much joy to see Artie and Buddy interact with Coby. It’s like they have new life!
Now…to the stinker part!!! Coby is a puppy and puppies can be mischief!! We rarely let him out of our sight. If he gets quiet, we get suspicious. Although Coby hasn’t destroyed anything major, we don’t take our chances. He’s torn up plastic bags, tissues, napkins, newspaper, and other papers, but nothing of importance. It’s just a nuisance to clean up. Now for the biggest issue we’ve had…potty training! He’s been a difficult one! Our dogs ring a bell, which is hanging at the sliding door, to tell us they need to go outside. This works great for Artie and Buddy. For Coby, it’s like “The Boy who Cried Wolf”. He rings the bell so often we don’t know when he really needs to go. Sometimes we take him (and the other two) out and he doesn’t go one or two! Other times we ignore him and he goes potty in the house! Frustrating to say the least.
Not only is going potty in the house an issue, but Coby has a NASTY puppy habit right now. Are you ready???? He likes to eat poop – his own or his brothers. Can you say GROSS?! I’ve done some research and this appears to be a common puppy behavior. The best thing we can do to stop the behavior is to keep him away from any poop. This means cleaning up the yard frequently and keeping him away from any temptations. We are hoping he grows out of this habit quickly. Sorry if this was TMI (too much information). Although these couple of things can be frustrating, we couldn’t be happier that Coby is apart of our family!!! He is a bundle of energy and joy! He keeps us on our toes and he keeps his brothers young. So blessed by this 5 pound bundle of cuteness! Thanks to Homeward Bound Rescue League for allowing us to adopt Coby.