Sunday, December 19, 2010

Oreo's Height Problem

In the nearly four months we've had Oreo, we have been able to train him to be a better household member.  He doesn't jump on people any more.  He sits when asked.  He is better on the leash.  We have one problem, though, that no amount of training will help.

Oreo is full-grown now.  His height is set.  Perhaps the most delicate way to describe the problem we have is to say that Oreo is an unfortunate height.  To state the obvious, he is a dog and dogs sniff.  Whenever Oreo sniff someone, he starts in places he shouldn't sniff.

It's not that he's trying to be inappropriate; it's just that those places are exactly the same height as he is.  All he does is stand there and, for most adults, he's now in a bad place.  Or, as a friend's daughter said, "Oreo keeps goosing me."

I'm not sure what we'll do about it because his height won't change.  We try to keep him from sniffing people, but it's such a natural act for a dog that it's hard to get him to stop.  We are working on it and, luckily, we have understanding family members and friends who think it's funny -- for now anyway.


Jacque said...

Our dog's unfortunate height puts his mouth right at table can imagine the rest :)

Cottongirl7 said...

Are dog is that height too. We taught her to get her toy and carry it around with her when ever someone comes to the door. That stopped the sniffing. :)

Julie K said...

We have dogs of varying heights... luckily none are sniffmisters when it comes to guests visiting. Though, they are quite adept at getting their head positioned under a new hand for ear-scratching.