Monday, November 14, 2011

First Sleepover

Mike and I went to my cousin's wedding this weekend which meant that Luna needed a place to stay for two nights.  Knowing this trip was on the horizon, we started bringing Luna over to Mike's parents' house to get her used to the environment and to meet Amber, their lab mix.  Amber is not a fan of other dogs and has tendencies to guard Mike's mother.  To get both dogs ready for the sleepover Mike and I started introducing the two dogs months ago.  Here is a quick overview of the steps we took:
  1. On a walk, but plenty of distance from each other.
  2. On a walk with Luna in front so Amber could smell her.
  3. On a walk next to each other.
  4. In the backyard with me, Mike and his father.
  5. In the backyard with me, Mike, his sister and parents.
  6. In the house for an hour with everyone present.
  7. In the house for a few hours with everyone except me present.
  8. The sleepover!
I am happy to report that both dogs did fantastic!  Amber was relaxed with having a second dog in the house and Luna felt comfortable with her surroundings.  When Amber was feeling stressed she was able to escape to the upstairs for a little break while Luna followed family members from room to room.  When outside, Luna would follow Amber around the yard.  She can be a little clingy, but I'm glad Amber tolerated her so well.

The best part was that Luna did not seem very upset with Mike and me for abandoning her.  Last time I left for a conference she punished me all evening by ignoring me.  This time she happily followed us around the house and was very generous with her leans (a.k.a. greyhound hugs).  It is nice to know that she can feel comfortable when Mike and I go away.


gyeong said...

Now that she know you guys come back for her, sleepovers can be fun. Most of the kids we babysit come in, lay down on a bed, and barely notice their family leaving since they've done it so many times and know they will come back for them.

Hiking Hounds said...

I'm glad it went well. I love the way you got Luna prepared for the sleepover.