Dogs really do learn from each other! Shio now sits on his butt and waits for his play opponent to bust-a-move before leaving his position. This was a trick shown to him by his friend Grizz.
During a playdate, Shio tries to dance his way into Maddy's heart. There are a few particular moments that I love about this video.
1. Notice how Shio is able to roll over towards his right in the video but completely unable to fully roll in the other direction. That's one reason why we call him our Zoolander pup.
2. In the last few seconds of the video, I love that Maddy turns to look at the camera as if to say, "Whoa, this guy's a moron."
3. Notice how Shio does a neck roll thing when he beckons another dog to play with him? We've been asked if he was retarded thanks to that little move.
For the past week, we've had the pleasure of having a houseguest stay with us. Our dear friend was on vacation and left her little girl in our hands. I was so excited for Shio to have a playmate for a few reasons. 1. To see how he would interact with another dog 2. So he can have a full time playmate 3. So we can have an idea of how life would be with 2 dogs (yes, we've crazily considered getting another Shiba)
My verdict is 1. Wow... she's so much easier to train than Shio! Presumably because she's not a Shiba who's primary goal in life is to make you feel like a crazy person when he cocks his head to one side while you desperately command him to "come here" and 2. it would be quite awesome to have another dog around... on a temporary basis. I'm simply not capable of handling two puppies at this point!
On the way down from Central Park each time, Shio and Elsie will sit and fight for the middle space in the back seat between my friend and I. They are like two little kids, I swear. No long road trips with them... ever.
Here's a video fo the two of them fighting while sitting in the seat.
In this video, Shio is on the floor while Elsie is still perched on the seat. Shio has lost the battle, but not the fight (yet).