Sit. Stay. Please don't chew the couch.


This guy is giving us a run for our money. He's a happy one. An energetic one. Almost a year and he's only become more happy, more energetic.

Too happy, too energetic. Perhaps.

Every day, we have to brace ourselves to come home. Would he have pushed the bathroom door open and spread the garbage all over the living room floor? What part of the couch will they have destroyed? Will their teeth have found the crisp pages of my books?

She's not innocent either.


Yes, we could crate him. But he grew out of the crate months ago and we've been reluctant to buy a new one, especially since our house is not exactly resplendent with space.

Will he get better? Is this just the terrible twos or did we go drastically wrong somewhere? Perhaps we weren't firm enough. Gave him too much space, too early. Went lax on his 'sit' and 'stay' in a way that made him think those books were his. Didn't give him enough toys to play with. Put too much temptation in front of his nose. Didn't spend long enough time at the dog park. Too many cookies. Not enough cookies.

Good thing I love him anyway.

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  1. I find dogs are are rebellious teenagers at that age. Keep up his training!

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  2. I'm hoping. I keep trying to remind myself that Mocha was a terror for a good long while too. Then she mellowed right out for a year until we got Kingsley and he reminded her how fun destroying things is...

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  3. Our girl Tass has just started to mellow out, and she's 3. She's not crated anymore (but was until about 2), and while she's good for the most part, she still has her moments where we come home to something demolished. Like a tv remote. She hasn't managed to eat the fancy LG computer remote yet, but I suspect it will happen at some point.
    She's closed up in one room, so that helps with minimizing the destruction when she's feeling antsy.

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  4. I've also heard from friends with terrier breeds (he's a terrier, right?) that you need to tire them out at that age because they'll channel all their excess energy into destruction.

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