How is it already the 7th December?! The month is flying by, and it'll be Christmas before we know it. Today's post is just a little impromptu one, sharing some photos that I took on a walk with friends a few weeks ago. The dogs get walked every day, but I have to be honest and say that when I walk them alone, it's not always an enjoyable experience for me. Before we got Winnie, Archie was the perfect little pup in public. Unfortunately, getting a second dog coincided with all his hormones hitting, and it was like someone replaced my little one overnight! At home he's cuddly and wonderful, but in public he now barks and barks at every other dog he sees... and sometimes people as well. All this means that he can't be trusted off-lead any more, which is just rubbish. (You can see his lead draped over the other dogs in the above photo, it's from Devil Dood Designs!)
Thankfully, we have a lovely little daxie friend named Bernie who we go on weekly walks with, and both Winnie and Archie love him (a totally novelty in this house... Winnie hates any dog who isn't Archie, or a fellow Dachshund.) Meeting Bernie and his Mum has been such a lifesaver for me, as not only do the dogs have a friend to play with, but walks are much more enjoyable for me with an extra pair of eyes to look out for potential issues (read; other dogs, cyclists or joggers!) and someone to chat away to. Plus... we get super cute photos of our little trio.
We're hoping to take Winnie and Bernie to a Christmas market tomorrow: I'd normally take Archie too, but he doesn't like crowds! I feel so mean leaving him at home, but I know he'd rather have a playdate with my parents' dogs anyway. I'm hoping to get some Christmassy photos of the dogs, and will share them here if I do!
Do you have any tips for stopping your dog from barking?
Chloé, Archie and Winnie