Before there was Lucas, before there was Cooper, there was Emmett. He was an only-dog, and he was spoiled. We took him everywhere. We showered him with toys and treats. With no one to compete with over goodies, he got his very own bones that were never stolen from him, that were never chewed on by anyone else. And then came Lucas. And, of course, Cooper. And Emmett no longer got all the time, attention, and presents.
But then! When Lucas passed his trial day at doggy daycare, it became possible for Lucas and Cooper both to be gone at the same time. As an aside: I don’t normally have one dog home by himself. It just never happens, really. And they’ve gotten to the point where they don’t do well when they’re all by their lonesome. They’re just not used to it.
Anyway, this was the first time Lucas and Cooper both went to doggy daycare, so Emmett and I had the whole day to spend together! We went to the dog park where we had the whole place to ourselves.
We went to the pet store where he behaved rather poorly – he jumped up on the checkout counter and gobbled up all the treats in the little dish – demonstrating to me that we don’t do this one-on-one stuff enough. But I bought him a squeaky toy despite his bad behavior because he loves to chew on plush toys, but Cooper always destroys them before he gets a chance. He napped while I worked, then we went for a walk in the afternoon, and he got a Busy Buddy all to himself when I went to pick up Lucas and Cooper.
It was a great day – so nice to spend it focused entirely on Emmett. In the new year, Lucas and Cooper are going to go to doggy daycare together one day each week, so I’m excited to have more of this one-on-one time with Em!
Those of you with multiple dogs: How do you manage one-on-one time with your herd? Does anyone get individual attention or is it all a group activity?