We have now had Arccos for over a week and there have certainly been some surprises with taking on a second dog. For us, it isn’t significantly more work, as our favorite way to challenge and tire out our dogs is to make them think all day long using clear expectations like they will sit before going outside and sit in order to get back in. We can walk the two together, although Arccos needs to really learn how to walk on a leash, which is difficult to do in the cold as our training sessions have to be less than 5 minutes in order to keep him focused rather than freezing, so we have been working with him in the basement. He does well as long as there aren’t too many distractions like there are outside.
However, some things have certainly changed with having two dogs. Meal times go rather smoothly as we prep both dog’s food and have them sit in the living room while we do it and then Tasha’s food goes in my office and Arccos’s goes in the kitchen. When they are released, they now go the correct direction. Although there was certainly some wrangling in the beginning.
Our biggest surprise was one we should have foreseen. When Arccos and Tasha were playing on Sunday, they started flirting. Then Arccos starting mounting….and humping. Well, we broke that up pretty quickly, but we didn’t think about the fact that even when spayed and neutered this could happen. For the record, Arccos doesn’t just hump anything. He’s not one of those kinds of dogs, just Tasha and just the one time so far. However, this is a warning to anyone bringing kids over to our house! This could happen, just be ready for questions.
After that story, believe it or not, but Arccos has become less shy than when we first got him. He is actually quite funny and is bringing out some of the funniest parts of Tasha. Which helps me get fun pictures like this one (I apologize for the darkness):
Or during training when LD is working with Arccos on a new trick that Tasha already knows:
All in all, we are starting to bond as a family unit. It has been extremely rewarding to bring home a second rescue dog and I can’t wait to see what adventures are ahead.