It's Still a Bugg's World but Now, his Dog World, is So Much Sweeter!
Bugg is now a 2 year old Dog, no longer a puppy. Bugg is not sad though, Bugg has a puppy to help me train and Bugg loves being the big brother. Bugg knows being strict but also fair with Sweet Tee, is key, in making Sweet Tee the best Dog he can be.
- Sweet Tee
- Our Two cents
- Ahhhh Bugg is 2
- Still Just a Pup
- Games begin
- Lets go Sweet Tee
- We're Off!
- I vote Stubborn
- Walk is Done
- Not for Long
- Uh Oh!
- Sweet Tee submits
- Bugg hurts Nothing
- Lessons Learned
Yes I am still living in Bugg's world. I don't mind, I just love his world. Bugg, Sweet Tee and I have been having fun just hanging out. I am having the pleasure of watching these two guys become the best of friends.
Having been the mommy of two other dogs (Boo & Max), where I also had the priviledge of watching them two become the best of friends, over many years. It just warms my heart knowing that these two guys, Bugg and Sweet Tee, will also be life long friends.
When you have more than one dog, you must make both dogs feel loved and secure. They will notice if you give more to the other.
I promise you, when giving treats, they will look and make sure what the other one has is the same size as theirs.
Bugg is much bigger than Sweet Tee and his food intake in much larger. To combat this issue, so Sweet Tee does not get jealous. I cup Bugg's treat in my hand, so Sweet Tee only sees half. In Sweet Tee's mind, they both have received the same amount.
Just as when you give them atta boys and show your love with affection, you must give it to them both, equally.
I know it seems like hard work but, all it takes is a bit of patience, a lot of love and a few treats along the way.
Having Bugg around has helped me in so many ways. One way Bugg has helped is by taking a higher role in our pack, over Sweet Tee.
At first Sweet Tee tried to fight it but, Bugg and I were very persistent that he stay in the back of the pack.
For one reason, Sweet Tee is just a puppy, he still needs guidance.
As the months have gone by, Sweet Tee has settled into this position willingly.
Our Two cents
I write about experiences with my dogs so maybe you can learn a thing or two, on how to make this experience a more pleasant one. For both you and your dog/dogs.
I am no expert, I have just been raising dogs for a few decades.
I have learned from my own mistakes and I find, I am a much better mommy to my dogs, by doing just that, learning from those mistakes. I also did some things 'right' from the start.
Just like with people, every dog is different but, they are also the same.
I mean: The basics of raising a dog is the same but, their temperament might be different than Bugg & Sweet Tee's, so you might have to adjust to suit your dog/dogs.
Ahhhh Bugg is 2
November 24, 2011, our Bugg turned 2 years old. The day was Thanksgiving day here in America. Bugg ate some turkey & fixings and of course, Sweet Tee also had his share of goodies.
We didn't get a photograph of Bugg on his birthday, as I was cooking and the others were eating. I know Bugg forgives us. We went into the archives and pulled out last years photograph of Bugg making a wish.
Please take a look at Bugg's first birthday day...
In Bugg's World...Dog birthdays Will be Celebrated!
I do have to admit, the picture where Bugg blows out his candle, on his first birthday, was even more adorable than this one.
Still Just a Pup
Yes, Bugg is now officially a adult male dog, no longer a puppy. You can not tell it by the way this guy plays and I hope he keeps playing like this for many years to come.
Bugg and Sweet Tee just love to play. Having more than one dog is just as good as having more than one child, they entertain each other.
Since we brought Sweet Tee home as a little puppy of 6-8 weeks old (He was a rescue dog), Bugg has been teaching Sweet Tee all he has learned in his two years here on earth.
One thing I love that Bugg showed Sweet Tee is, to have a soft mouth, this is not really a known trait that belongs to a pitbull but, Bugg is 'almost' completely successful at teaching Sweet Tee to use his mouth lightly.
One of the toughest job you will have raising a puppy, is making them tired. It might seem easy but, you never know which games will interest your dog,so it will take some trial and error. Like with fetch.
I can play fetch with a stick, Bugg and Sweet Tee will play for a good 30 minutes but, grab a frisbie and all bets are off. Now, Sweet Tee has just about eaten up all of the Alabama frizzbies so, I found this frisbie in the dollar store discount bin, 25 cents. I could not pass it up.
So let the games begin! I throw Bugg and Sweet Tee their frisbie.
Lets go Sweet Tee
From what I could see, both Bugg and Sweet Tee caught the frisbie at the same time.
Oh well, they must work this one out.
I promise you one thing though, I will not get my hands on that frisbie again, that is, until it is time to go inside and both dogs are tired.
Mommy is tired so, I tell Bugg to take his brother for a walk.
Bugg is more than happy to do this and also, Bugg is not ready to hand the frisbie over to this little guy.
Bugg and Sweet Tee walk around the yard, neither one willing to give up on the frisbie.
There is nothing more for me to do, other than to...
Sit back, relax and...
I vote Stubborn
Bugg will take Sweet Tee for a long walk, they will go all around their playground.
Mind you, that is just a little under two acres, so it is a good walk for them both.
I have yet to figure out if, Bugg and Sweet Tee actually like walking around the yard or, are they really that stubborn. That neither of them wants to give up the frisbie.
Either way, they get their exercise.
After a couple of minutes I notice Sweet Tee is trying to pull the frisbie away from Bugg.
Remember: Sweet Tee is just a puppy and his attention span is not very long.
I can tell, Sweet Tee is thinking, this walking business is starting to get a little boring.
Walk is Done
Bugg notices Sweet Tee is starting to tug at the frisbie even harder, so Bugg yanks the frisbie out of Sweet Tee's mouth. I remind Bugg to be easy on his brother. Bugg heeds my warning.
Bugg was having fun just walking around but, Sweet tee has other things in mind.
Usually Sweet Tee will do as Bugg does but, there are times he just wants to do it his own way.
Sweet Tee is a puppy and he wants to play!
This walking around is for the old guys.
Bugg reluctantly gives in and then Bugg decides that he and Sweet Tee will play another game.
Bugg lays on the ground with the frisbie in his mouth, teasing Sweet Tee by place one side of the frisbie into Sweet Tee's mouth.
Sweet Tee is happy because, him and Bugg can play one of his favorite games, tug of war. Sweet Tee grabs the frisbie and starts to tug.
Sweet Tee is pulling with all his might.
Sweet Tee just knows he will beat his big brother today.
Sweet Tee did it!
Sweet Tee has gotten the frisbie away from Bugg.
Not for Long
Bugg was caught off guard but, he will not allow this little puppy the satisfaction of beating him.
Sweet Tee is so proud of himself.
Bugg and Sweet Tee wrestle around for the frisbie.
Sweet Tee gets a little aggressive and accidentally catches some of Bugg's fur and bites down a little too hard.
Bugg is mad, Bugg knows it was a accident but, when it comes to your teeth connecting to fur or skin, it will just not be tolerated!
Bugg growls at Sweet Tee, warning him to lay off of the fur, it hurts. Sweet Tee Backs off.
Sweet Tee is doing one of Bugg's maneuvers, laying on the frisbie, so no one can get it.
The only problem with that is, Sweet Tee doesn't have the weight behind him and if Bugg wanted to, Bugg could pick the whole puppy up and grab the frisbie with one paw.
Bugg reaches under Sweet Tee's chin and grabs for the frisbie. Sweet Tee didn't mean to but, Sweet Tee accidentally grabbed a hold of Bugg's side of his face (again) with his teeth.
Nope, this will not be tolerated!
Bugg had already shown Sweet Tee once, that he was not happy with him clamping down on his fur, by growling at him.
Yet Sweet Tee does it again!
Bugg did not like this.
Bugg does not mind playing rough with Sweet Tee but, when it comes to actual biting, then Sweet Tee needs to learn his lesson.
Bugg will not tolerate Sweet Tee getting his mouth close enough to a human or a animal,so that he might hurt one of them.
Bugg knows it was a accident but, there is no excuse.
Bugg knows that Sweet Tee has just gotten too excited and he needs to learn that this will not be tolerated.
Once your mouth touches fur or skin, you release and Sweet Tee did not release.
Bugg jumps up and brings Sweet Tee to the ground.
Sweet Tee submits
Now, Bugg did not hurt Sweet Tee, he never would. Bugg is just showing Sweet Tee, he does not like Sweet Tee biting him, nor any other animal. That includes the human animal.
Once Sweet Tee had bitten down on Bugg's fur, Bugg was on him. Bugg did this so Sweet Tee will know exactly what he did wrong. If Bugg waited too long to correct Sweet Tee. Sweet Tee would have forgotten about biting Bugg within minutes of doing so.
Remember: Your puppy has a short attention span.
Once Sweet Tee stops struggling under Bugg's hold and submits. Bugg will then let Sweet Tee go. Bugg might ignore Sweet Tee for a few minutes but, it will be easily forgotten by this big guy. I mean: We all make mistakes.
There are very few times I allow Bugg to do the correcting over Sweet Tee but, I know Bugg will be fair and not a bully by attacking Sweet Tee for no reason at all. I know my Bugg!
Bugg hurts Nothing
Bugg loves Sweet Tee.
Bugg hates when he has to get onto Sweet Tee like this.
Bugg is the big brother and he has to show Sweet Tee, all that he has learned from Mommy and the good things that just comes naturally to Bugg, through his blood line.
Bugg's daddy is a yellow lab and his mama is a white shepherd. Both these breeds have some wonderful traits and very few bad ones. Bugg seems to have gained 'just' the best of both breeds.
So yes, I do allow Bugg to take the lead at times with Sweet Tee. They speak the same language.
Now would I do this, if I had any thought in my mind that Bugg would hurt Sweet Tee?
I have raised Bugg for 20 months, I know what he is about and also, I am the leader of this pack, I make the limits. I would never have allowed Bugg to take Sweet Tee down in the first place, if I thought there were any danger of Sweet Tee being hurt.
Bugg and Sweet Tee are tired, they want to go inside.
Sweet Tee learned his lesson, he knew he did wrong by biting down. Once you touch fur or skin, you are suppose to release. To show Bugg he was sorry, Sweet Tee didn't even try to rush the ice bowl when they came inside.
Bugg laid down and then Sweet Tee laid down behind Bugg. Sweet Tee hugged Bugg as if to say "I'm sorry Bugg.". Bugg realized that Sweet Tee learned his lesson and they both had sweet dreams.
Will Bugg and Sweet Tee have just as much fun when they wake up, of course they will.
As we all know...
It's a Bugg's world!
It's still a Bugg's World! I'm just Glad the Dog lets Us In
It's not the end of Bugg's World. It's just the End of a Dog Day.
Please also take a look at another article featuring Sweet Tee...
Bugg & Sweet Tee... These two Dogs will be the Best of Friends.
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