Even though Niles was highly socialized growing up I still believe a dog needs to interact with other pups as often as possible. I feel like they can lose touch with their social skills they pick up if they're locked away from the outside world for too long. I have tried taking her to a few dog parks here in the city but sadly we haven't had good experiences with them. So when our friends asked if we'd pet sit their 2 year old German Shepherd mix Lily, I was thrilled.
|Lily is the 2 year old German Shepherd Mix we got to|
pet sit during the Fourth of July weekend.
Lily is a sweet girl and also extremely playful. I will admit that since she is young and full of energy, I was slightly concerned on how Niles and her would get on. Nailah is a pretty dominant dog, so she doesn't like other pups jumping all over her and being pushy. Despite my concern I knew it'd be good for Niles.
When Lily arrived there was a little scuffle but they were quick to work it out. Nailah, being the grumpier and older dog, asserted herself and Lily being the sweet and younger pup let her have her space.
|After a little scuffle, Nailah and Lily figured out their pecking|
order. After that the two got along great. Note: This is them
playing, not fighting!
After they worked things out the fun started. Lily enjoyed playing with all of Nailah's dog toys and it didn't take her long to discover that most of the goodies were tucked inside of the toy box. Once she made that discovery she wasted no time snagging the ones she wanted, bringing them over to Niles.
|Pet sitting dogs is a great way for Nailah to socialize with other|
pups. It also helps her get a lot of energy out!
It was actually pretty fun to watch them interact, and I was amazed that Niles was able to keep up with Lily. When Niles did tire out, Lily would bring over a toy and poke her with it, hoping to encourage her to get back to playing. Most of the time it'd work but when Niles had really had it she would just sit there until Lily got the picture... moving on to one of the humans.
|Nailah and Lily played the whole weekend! I'm really surprised|
Niles was able to keep up with the much younger dog for
Pet sitting Lily not only provided Niles with a good workout and some good dog socialization time, but it also gave her the chance to not be an only dog. She had to get used to my attention being divided between her and Lily and sometimes that was a bit tough for her to deal with. After all, it's no secret that Nailah is a spoiled dog. Having another dog in the house is a good way for her to deal with not being the center of attention.
|Having another dog in the house also forces Niles to share me|
and my folks which is great. It can be difficult for her to adjust to
not being the only dog but helps her work on her patience.
The weekend flew by fast and before we knew it Lily was off to her home. It was wonderful having her as a house guest and I hope to pet sit her in the future. I'm sure Niles will be happy to welcome her into the pack again too.