Something puzzling and mystifying has occurred in our life with Layla recently. It feels like she has suddenly turned into a mature and relatively calm dog, almost overnight. A few weeks ago I posted this Facebook status:
"Is the dog sweetly calm today because she is growing up or is she sick? Hmm, I recall asking myself the same question about my sons when they were little."
You have read the multiple blog posts on her wildness, destructiveness and many close calls to be sent away due to "irreconcilable differences." I did some research on her breed mixture. Layla is Labrador and Spaniel. (I love that she is Spaniel size, but has Lab hair.) The articles I read claimed that somewhere between 18 months and 2 years old, Labs will suddenly mature and be much easier to live with. Layla was 8 months old when we adopted her and we had a few bad habits to work on, but mostly she was just ridiculously active and destructive.
She will be 2 years old next month and it seems my research is holding up. She still greets us and visitors with much more affection and enthusiasm than needed, but her overall mood is quiet, sleepy and calm. I am figuring that she has either hit that maturity mark or it has finally dawned on her that we are not the active family she was hoping to be adopted into. She will circle the house looking for one of us to play with or take her for a walk and then with a resigned sigh, plop herself down for a nap.
Possible explanations for Layla's calm behavior:
- She has given up on the ideal adopted family that takes long walks everyday and plays fetch for at least 5 hours a day.
- She has accepted that she landed in an old folks home.
- She is depressed because one of the dogs at the park teased her about her bobbed tail, which is a no-no for Labradors but required for Spaniels and her birth family were Spaniels.
- She is almost two and it's time to be a big girl like the well behaved German Shepherds next door.
- The German Shepherds said something about her bobbed tail.
- It's hot. It's raining. There is lightening. (All this happened in the last 4 days!)
I hope she is not unhappy or sick or depressed. I choose to go with the "two year old" theory. Layla still has issues with personal space; meaning you don't have any. She must picture herself as a tiny Chihuahua as she edges her butt onto your lap and completely blocks your view of the television. And she is still a goofy puppy when she encounters a new toy........
|Toy lasted about 3 minutes.|
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