Adjusting to life with two Lhasa’s has been a lot easier than I expected in many ways. All the anxiousness that I felt before we brought Buffy home has been replaced with complete and utter adoration. The weeks are flying by, Buffy’s little paws are growing so fast and her personality is really starting to develop… along with her appetite!
It’s hard not to compare Buffy to Elsa…they are very similar in many ways but completely different in others. My heart melts when I watch them walk together with a matching waddle, they also make the same adorable little sounds when they dream too. The biggest difference that we’ve noticed so far is in their approach to food. Elsa has always been a slow eater, I guess she could be described as being fussy, but she does enjoy her food.
Buffy is ravenous and she can empty her food bowl in a matter of seconds. This has made transitioning Buffy over to ORIJEN a very easy process; the plan is to have both girls eating the same food by the time she reaches her adult weight. The Puppy formula has a slightly higher fat content and smaller kibble size.
I’d love to say that everything has been smooth sailing so far but, like all puppies, Buffy is full of surprises. Fingers have been nipped, little logs have been found in our spare room and every now and then we catch Buffy chewing a clump of Elsa’s fur! From our experience with Elsa, we know that Buffy will eventually grow out of a lot of her puppy habits but one issue that we’re addressing straight away is her aggression towards Elsa when it comes to protecting her food. Poor Elsa doesn’t even try to steal it, but sometimes she only has to look at Buffy eating and she gets a nasty snarl.
One of my favourite resources to find helpful advice and training tips is Zak George’s YouTube channel. He covers practically every issue and scenario and the videos are free to watch. Training a puppy is a long and ongoing process but Buffy is responding well so far thanks to her eagerness to do almost anything in exchange for her food! We have already made lots of progress so we’re hopeful that we’re giving her the right foundations for a long, happy and healthy life.