December 23rd, to the day, Pongo turned his listening ears off and transformed into a I’m-going-to-do-the-opposite-of-everything-you-say 18 month old tyrant. He has been testing, testing, testing. I think he has spent more time in time-out the past couple of days than he has since he was a young pup. We’ve been warned about the terror of raising a teenage Cattle Dog: it’s a battle of the wills. Don’t worry though…we WILL win.
Along with dealing with our oppositional and rebellious Cattle Dog, we are also trying to stay one step ahead of him in deterring his rock eating and keeping him safe. We’ve resorted to a basket muzzle now, during outdoor recess, at doggie daycare. He’s only worn it one day but so far so good.
Bless the Dog Tired Doggie Daycare staff–they had to put up with Pongo’a teenage antics, plus manage the basket muzzle on Friday.