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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Oldest Child Syndrome
Does anyone else do this? My husband and I have such a bad habit with Silver and treating her with "oldest child syndrome." Being that she is the oldest I find myself expecting more out of her and for her to "know better" than to act the way she does. It is horrible, because I find myself more aggravated at her than the others for doing the same things. It doesn't help that since we kept the puppies, Zappa and Fiona, she has picked up on their bad habits and is doing things that she's never done before, because she's watched them get away with it.
Having so many dogs, sort of loosened up the discipline around here and Silver must have started realizing, if they can do it, I can do it too! You can't always catch everything that they do, but when I would catch Silver in these acts, I find myself disappointed with her because I think she should know better. For example I took her out to one of her favorite beaches and she has always had excellent recall, but due to not practicing it as much in the last three years, she wouldn't come when called and I found myself quite frustrated with her. I had specifically took her to this beach so she could run free and we could have some quality time together at our old hangout. I felt let down and hurt as I will brag to anyone that she is my best well behaved dog. HA! I know, I know, it's my fault for not keeping up with training, but sometimes with her I think that once she had it down she should still have it.