For about the first 6 weeks of owning a puppy, I felt exhausted at the end of each day, frustrated at my lack of skills at dog-training, and guilty for not having gotten more done. Well, Glen is over 5 months old now, we have had him for over two months, and life seems to be getting back to normal. I have time to do some cleaning and some relaxing with Sweet Pea nearly every day, I have time in the evenings for projects (update on the dresser painting to come soon!), and Glen is behaving well for the most part. Phew!
Just in the last 2 weeks we have gotten to the point where I totally trust him to be good with Sweet Pea, enough for me to leave the two of them on the floor and walk out of the room briefly. He still occasionally licks her face or mouths her feet, but much more gently than before, and for the most part he just lets her do anything without reacting. She has climbed over him, pulled his ears and tail, and taken his toys and food. He takes it all in stride, although he does seem grateful when I pick her up and give him back his toys. I am so glad that he seems to be becoming a dog who is good with children! It took quite a bit of work, but he has accepted her as above him in the pack order. Now we just need to work on cats... haha!
Sweet Pea definitely loves him, too, which is one reason we decided to get a dog in the first place. She has always gotten really excited whenever she sees a dog. Even now, she will squeal happily when he comes into the room if we haven't been with him for a while. She sneaks her food to him under the table, and pats him. It seems like 9 months old is too young for this behavior but I swear she does it!
Here are a few photos of our two babies together: