Our current "child" is needy, high energy and relatively spastic most times. When it is just G and I at home she calms down and is the snuggle bug we know and love. When we have visitors? She won't settle, wants to jump and leap and lick everyone and just get all the attention from all the new people. It is so overwhelming both for us and for those coming for a visit. We have been making such a huge effort with her lately to calm that wild spirit and get her to just relax. We want everyone else to get to enjoy her the way we do...a snuggley, tooting, snoring, sweetheart. Not a wild eyed, jumpy, nibbly, excited tinkler.
I feel bad because lately she has been hearing a lot of "down, no, off, NO" from us...and yes I realize she is a dog, but she sure has the puppy dog eye look down pat to make us feel bad after we reprimand her. We both just want her to be a good girl, and not accidentally smother/jump on the baby once that big change happens. Everyone tells us how quickly the pup becomes second fiddle once a baby arrives, and I can definitely see that happening...I am just hoping we are able to keep working with her over the next two months and tame some of that wild puppy spirit. I tried explaining to her this morning that she will be spending a LOT of time in the newly fenced in yard if she doesn't simmer down, at least a little. I am sure once Gus starts eating some real food, Brooklyn will realize that the baby is her meal ticket (or snack ticket I guess?!) but until then I just sense her getting annoyed that someone else has her parent's full attention. (I guess I should say owners? But it's hard not to think of her as our fur baby..maybe that is the problem hahaha)