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Terrible Two's??

OK, I thought my little boy (Finn) was mellowing a bit..........UNTIL he turned two this week. But he is acting like a human kid in his terrible two's! He has a new game. He brings his favorite orange and blue Chuck-It ball, drops it in front of us, and waits expectantly for us to throw it, twitching in anticipation. So we oblige. Throw it down the hall, where he and Augie race after it. Even when Augie gets it first, Finn always ends up with it after a bit of wresting. He carries it over to the couch and bats it under the couch, and then tries to reach it. When he can't, he comes over and barks an ear piercing bark for us to get it out so the game can continue. The first few times, I thought it was an accident that he was batting it under the couch. But the little poop was doing it on purpose! When I am in the recliner, Augie likes to jump up and be held and nap. Finn has never done that. This week, I have noticed Finn will jump up and spread himself out and look at Augie. It is pretty obvious that he is telling Augie - Hahaha, got your spot! Somebody is getting pretty big for his britches!

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I have one of those, his name is Riley.

I was so hopeful when I read that Finn was mellowing out. My hopes are dashed. lol!

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Julie, I think you are in trouble too! I was just now really noticing Riley's body language in your signature photo. Goodness!!! Attitude just oozing all over the place! Gotta love them, though, right??

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Yes, he is very sweet and funny just overly enthusiastic (how's that for a nice way to put it lol!).

The ones I feel for are Augie and Piper. Your story made me laugh because Piper will run off to another room with a favorite toy, Riley following. Without fail, Riley will come back in a few minutes with the toy in his mouth. Poor Piper doesn't stand a chance. I know you're not supposed to, but sometimes I can't help but intervene.

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Haha. Sometimes I need to hold Yunque so Ache can play with a toy for a little because he wants everything she has... Ohhh. These boys!


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cute stuff Linda, needed that.

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Yes, he is very sweet and funny just overly enthusiastic (how's that for a nice way to put it lol!).

The ones I feel for are Augie and Piper. Your story made me laugh because Piper will run off to another room with a favorite toy, Riley following. Without fail, Riley will come back in a few minutes with the toy in his mouth. Poor Piper doesn't stand a chance. I know you're not supposed to, but sometimes I can't help but intervene.
Yes, a great way to put it, Julie! Finn is those things too, and I do love that boy to pieces, even though it may not sound as though I do. I LOVE watching the wheels spin - and he is always SO happy/bouncy/full of life. But we are mean - when he and Augie are wrestling, we cheer Augie on - Go Augie, Get him Augie, Nail him to the floor, Augie......Hahahaha We do intervene when it is evident Augie has had enough and Finn won't stop, then we separate them into different areas or hold Augie so he can get relief.

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Isn't that the truth! I will throw two of the same thing out for the boys and Finn has to have the one Augie has, and abandons his own, even if the one Augie has was just sitting on the floor a few seconds earlier - he wasn't interested in it then.

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Well now I think it a genetic thing. Maddie is obsessive with throwing. Zoey will take it and run under the bed while Maddie sits and barks for me to come get it back. Zoe will come out from the bed and just lay on the ball. She will finally jump up where I am and stare at me . When I say drop it she backs up and turns her head. I have to grab her and say drop it so we can play. Last week Maddie went to visit Bob and Zoey and I had the day together. She would let me throw the ball and come back and drop it.

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Dogs can be little stinkers. My parents used to have a Maltese and a Bichon. The Bichon LIVED for night time snacky time. The Maltese didn't really care about it one way or the other...however what she LOVED to do was to sit next to her snacks and just wait for the Bichon to finish his. Then when he was all done with his, she'd flaunt hers at him (but didn't let him take hers). Poor Bailey would cry. I'm sure he was convinced she was getting more.

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Lol. I love your description Linda. Jasper gave up toys months before Cash came home....but even if showed interest, he wouldn't have a chance... the only time Jasper gets to chew on the many Nyla bones that decorate my floors is if we are eating dinner and Cash is under the table waiting for food to fall. Jasper quietly goes in the other room and chews in peace. And both my boys are jealous of who ever is on the lap... And who ever is on our laps does the stare thing at the other dog. Now Cash occasionally takes the "my space" thing one step further. Usually when we're all on then bed Jasper is up by our heads, Cash at our feet. Jasper likes things just so, and he only jumps up onto the bed from a certain spot...and every now and then... Cash will plant himself at the spot... And Jasper sits on the floor and paws and Whines ... And Cash will just look at him... If Jasper makes any move to jump up Cash will gruff down at him... Which is usually when I realize it's going on and I tell Cash no. When Jasper finally figures out how to jump up from a different spot... He jumps over Cash and takes his place at the head of the bed... Cash usually then moves down to his spot at th foot. There is definitely some sort of hierarchy going on...LOL. Such funny little beings.




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