So, Jay and I have been struggling (and by struggling I mean that we secretly giggle at her terrible behavior) with some behaviors from Stella which we deem unacceptable, (and by unacceptable, I mean completely terrible — and yet we still giggle at the terribleness.) and are trying to ‘fix’ said behavior.
Now, I *know* we should have forbidden said behaviors from the beginning, but we didn’t. We are like the overindulgent parents that spoil the child absolutely rotten. Luckily– Stella is sweet, and generally very well behaved– but there are these couple of things that are just…
super freaking adorable bad.
- Jumping:— I blame Jay for this one. Stella gets SOOOO freaking excited and likes to jump up and snarfle in people’s ears. It’s weird and funny because it tickles. It’s like she’s just gently, gently nibbling the ear, and yet blowing into it at the same time. You can’t help but laugh when she’s doing it…but the jumping is bad. So we got in the habit of just immediately getting down on the floor when we get home– but she jumps up on us while we are there anyway. And let’s not get started with the whole jumping when you are running around playing with her in the back yard.
- Backtalking — If you tell Stella ‘no’ about something she really, really wants to do, she will look right at you, and make a ‘snapping’ sound with her teeth. Or she’ll like, boop her head forward at you all pissy like, and then bark. Or worse if you’re standing by her, over her, or god forbid, leaning near her face, she will open her mouth and play bite at your chin. Her teeth will be physically touching your skin, but she will not have pressure nor will she scratch- but she does make a back talk sound when she does it. It’s terrifying because you are secretly worried she might maul your face off. She would never– your ass is scared anyway.
- Treasures — What in the hell is with the treasures? Does anyone else have this problem? Stella will find something she has decided looks fabulous, and then walk by wherever I am to show me she has it, then plays “Keep Away” around the couch until I find someone to help me corral her. “Leave it” would work, one would think, but you can see her face when she’s doing this– and she ONLY takes the item for me to play chase with her. HOWEVER– if you do NOT play chase with her (and dude, I mean RIGHT THEN) she will proceed to eat the shit. Much like my Chanel sunglasses. I’m still heartbroken.
So yeah, all in all, I have a terribly spoiled, terribly behaved great dane. Am I the only one who has fallen prey to the charm instead of being a ‘strict’ mommy and making her obey all the rules? She’s just so damn stubborn…