Sunday, April 1, 2012
Dante has an obsession with grass. He loses all the sense he has whenever he steps foot on it (or, for that matter, sees it). The last two weeks he has gotten really bad. I am having a hard time figuring out what to do with this. On one hand he is a puppy and needs lots of play time to get his "crazies" out; but on the other hand, I can't have him eating everything he comes across and playing "catch me if you can."
I have tried letting him out for a longer amount of time (20-30 minutes), to see if he would calm down, but he never does. I hate to keep correcting him and digging in his mouth when it's supposed to be his play time. For the last week I have only been letting him out for 5 minutes at a time, four or so times a day, in hopes that it will keep him from getting too crazy, but I'm still not seeing any progress. Sometimes I wonder if he is ever going to be able to go off-leash in the back yard.
This is the reason I have almost no pictures of him outside. The above picture is the only on I have of him sitting still, and if you look closely, he has a "foreign object" in his mouth, that I didn't even notice until after I saw this picture. Most of my attempted photo-shoots turn out like this:
I try to not get frustrated with him, but when all I want is to play with him, it's hard to remind myself that he is still learning and needs time before it will "click" in his mind.
I have decided I am going to try taking him out after a long walk and when he's really tired. Maybe it will help if I don't take him out when he's full of energy. But, we'll see how it goes...