Lucca and Vegas…Tail of Two Puppies

Can you hear her barking?I am so glad that I’ve been working on socializing Vegas; it made introducing him to Lucca (D’s new puppy) much easier.  Puppies, by nature, are pesty, wild and all over the place.  Anti-social dogs have a hard time getting along with puppies.  Lucca was everything a puppy was supposed to be, and Vegas put up with it for about 30 seconds.  Then he gave her a quick growl and said something in dog lingo that must have mean, “Back off junior.”  Lucca kept her distance after that but followed him everywhere he went and barked at him non-stop.  After about an hour they were actually pretty good together.  She wasn’t attacking him and he wasn’t protesting to her being too close.  Truthfully, they did better that I thought.  They had a chance to hang out again today and it was obvious that Lucca was nowhere near as ready to give VFace to faceegas his space…and Vegas didn’t really seem to mind.  He and I went to D’s to visit with them briefly before meeting up with a  group of small dog owners and taking a walk in Clark Lake Park.  Vegas does better and better each time I take him to something like this.  And Lucca – wow – she did great!  She was even off leash for the last half of the walk.  She’s a little over 3 months old and is well on her way to being a great little dog.  If I have any advice to give people it’s to expose your puppies to as much as possible as soon as possible.  I believe it’s much easier to expose a puppy to new things and make those new things fun than it is to try and teach a dog that is already scared (like Vegas) that new experiences are fun and safe.  Please know, I’m not saying people shouldn’t adopt shelter or rescue dogs.  I love seeing the results of the rehabilitation work that I’ve done with Vegas.  Honestly, it’s very rewarding and I’m glad I was able to be a good home to a dog that had a tough start in life.  That being said, it’s also a lot of work….worth it, but a lot of work.