Sep 272013
 

We have two very different dogs, even though they are both beagles!

Tito is a 6-year-old that has been behaving like a 10-year-old since the age of 1. He isn’t an energetic dog. He never has been. Tito loves to sleep, it is his speciality. He doesn’t like to do too much in the day and is at his most happiest curled up on the sofa with one of us next to him.

He doesn’t play ball, he doesn’t play at all to be honest. He doesn’t like change and if he was any more chilled he would be horizontal!

Buddy is a complete and other different story.

Buddy wants to play, all day every day, 24/7, he loves ball, he loves play fighting he doesn’t care who it is with, whether it is my nearly 70-year-old mother or Baba, he tries to jump up at everyone to get a bit of play time out of them. He loves bones, he literally throws a ball around the room himself if no one plays with him, and will go and catch it himself. He is a proper juvenile still and at 2 he still has surplus energy regardless of how many walks in a day he gets.

Tito lets Buddy think he is the top dog, which Buddy loves. He wants to be the top dog he wants to be in charge and I think really it is just too much effort to argue with him so Tito leaves him too it.

But every so often enough is enough.

Tito has struggled with Baba going to school, and I have blogged about it before. But thankfully he seems to be into the routine now, and he seems to like it. He likes the peace and quite and loves curling up and catching up on his sleep while Baba is at school.

However there is a little hound running around after him.

Buddy sees Baba being at school completely differently, he sees it as a chance to play and puppy fight all day long! And he means all day long.

This week Tito had a few days of constant hounding from Buddy, where ever the poor boy went, whether it was the sofa, the floor or even their own bed. Buddy was on him, chewing his ears and trying to play. He literally would not leave him alone. I spent hours telling Buddy to leave him alone. But to no avail.

Buddy took no notice at all and just kept on and on at Tito.

And he took it, he spent a whole day playing. A whole day doing biting face, and running around and he was blooming knackered. You could see in his eyes he really had enough but ‘the boss’ Buddy was winning and was not letting him have a rest at all.

Yesterday Baba went to school and Buddy started again, he wanted another day of constant playing.

Tito had other ideas.

For the first time in the 11 months that we have had Buddy, Tito changed.

I was out of the room in the kitchen and they were play fighting, tails up and wagging, and then there was a lot of yelping and growling and I turned around and Tito’s teeth were showing, his tail was right between his legs pointing down and his heckles up. He had enough.

And for the first time since he has lived here, Buddy got a telling off. I didn’t intervene, I thought about it but actually thought I may have got hurt myself, it didn’t last long and was over in a matter of minutes.

Tito walked off and spread himself out across the small sofa and Buddy just sat there.

I don’t think he actually knew what to do.

He had been well and truly told off, and put in his place, he was at the bottom of the pack and Tito was telling him enough was enough.

The rest of the day was a quiet one, Tito sat on his own on one sofa and Buddy sat next to me, looking at him occasionally but never moving.

Today has been a bit quiet too. They came in after Baba went to school and Buddy wanted to play fight, Tito did for a little bit. But then he growled and climbed up and spread himself out next to me, Baba has been sent to the small sofa. But the big difference is he hasn’t come back to try and try again to get Tito to play today.

Today he knows.

Enough is enough!

 

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