June 13: What is it with dachshunds? Josie was the biggest beggar ever. She was downright territorial when I was cooking. No one – even my children – were allowed to as much walk between her and the stove, or she would nip at your ankles. I created that little monster, so I take full responsibility for that.
We have turned into barbarians. We never eat at the table anymore. Josie would sit, beg, stand on her hind legs and wait for you to share a few morsels off your plate. If she was impatient (more often than not) she would be very vocal until you gave her what she wanted. And I always gave in.
Enter Pippa. I have been very conscientious about NOT giving her people food. The only exception I have made is baby carrots. In her bowl, or as a treat when training.
She is incorrigible. While I am cooking, she is sitting at my feet, barking her head off for a treat. When I sit down with my plate, I have to be extra cautious as she is lightning fast trying to snatch something off my plate. So what’s up with that? Dinner tonight was a simple salad with left over rotisserie chicken. She thought it was filet mignon the way she was behaving. She hasn’t had people food, so why is she trying so very hard to get it?
So, I’m throwing out the book on training puppies, but I am NOT going to give in and give her what she wants. She’s rotten enough anyway. Any advice?