Interpreting Pom Pom Behavior
As Iâ€™ve mentioned before, Pom Pom talks to me â€” and this little girl doesnâ€™t need words for her mommy to understand her.
Pom Pom is REALLY good at making me feel guilty when weâ€™re leaving leaving. Thatâ€™s what I call the â€œGuilt Trip.â€
Today, Pom Pom pulled â€œThe Poutâ€ when Dustin and I were leaving for dinner. The Pout is exactly how it sounds: She senses that weâ€™re leaving, and reacts by laying on the sofa and ignoring all eye contact with usâ€¦basically, ignoring us in every possible way. She lays her head down on her two front paws and you can just SEE the pouting lips.
Other Pom Pom behaviors include Sh*t Dog Crazy (term courtesy of Dustin), and â€œPissed Off.â€
Sh*t Dog Crazy is when she runs around the house like mad, huffing and puffing. This one usually happens when Pom knows sheâ€™s about to go out with us (donâ€™t ask me how she can differentiate, but she can). Pissed Off is reserved for the few times when Pomâ€™s TRULY so angry about us leaving the house that she just starts barkingâ€¦and just so we get this straight, our little Papillon does NOT have a yappy bark â€” she barks like a true dog should (just cuter!).
Okay, to summarize, here is the glossary of Pom Pom Behaviors:
1) Guilt Trip: Shakes, sad puppy eyes.
2) The Pout: Avoidance of eye contact, pouty mouth, feigned carelessness.
3) Sh*t Dog Crazy: Insane running (often into walls, people, and other animals), panting, huffing, constant jumping on and off high places.
4) Pissed Off: Loud, angry barking not commonly found in small dogs.
More to be added laterâ€¦