This is Murphy. He looks a little shocked, don’t you think? If so, it’s because his cushy world has just been turned upside down. It turns out that dogs mature between 18 and 24 months. This little guy just turned two. We rescued him from a shelter about a year ago. He was taken from a hoarder house, where they had too many dogs who didn’t get taken care of, and, judging by the scar on his nose, got into fights. He’s so sweet and loving…to us. He’s got some chihuahua in him, which, as he’s matured, has really started to come out as aggression toward our cat and a big dislike for any other dog that wants to get in his space. Of course, we are not big fans of this behavior, so we took him back to the shelter (not to stay!) to get the opinion of their behaviorist.
The verdict? Well, it’s going to be a multi-phase work in progress, but in the short term, it’s boot camp. There’s a lot involved with training and nutrition, but one of the key points is that we can no longer treat him like we have been. No more lovin on him just cause he’s so stinkin cute (he has to do a command first so it’s a reward), no more snuggles on the couch (just for now? I’m not sure on this yet), and no. sleeping. in. our. bed. 😦 It’s sad because we really love snuggling with him, scooping him up, babying him….gee, wonder how he got the idea that he’s king of the world?
Our trainer calls it Four on the Floor. Because it seems a little harsh to banish him to the floor all the time, we may need to invest in some additional pet beds.
He’s usually pretty happy just chilling out in the corner on his makeshift bed. It’s just an old floor pillow that had seen better days, so I made an easy to wash pillowcase for it from some fun fabric.
For the moment though, we moved his bed up to our room for the long overnight hours. It’s a temporary fix, since it really looks nicer downstairs. I’ve been doing a little browsing for new dog beds, and I’ve really seen some creative solutions! And of course, I would MUCH prefer something stylish to something with a dog bone emblazoned on it!
These floor cushions are sleek, and the colors are fun as well.
This one looks almost cushy enough to lay on myself!
There are more creative options as well beyond the simple pillow-on-the-floor route.
This one is actually a DIY from an Ikea table – how cool!
No worries if you aren’t quite that crafty – there are a number of ready made solutions to integrate your pooch’s house into your decor.
So, how do you handle your pet’s sleeping arrangements?