Jethro has discovered…the couches.
Sometimes he casually saunters over to one of them, eyeballs it for a second, then jumps up and makes himself comfortable. But usually, it’s in the middle of a frenzied shuffle of pent-up energy, racing around the living room with Truman, that he will all of a sudden spring onto the couch and run/hop BOING-BOING-BOING-BOING-BOING back and forth until he either responds to my “NO!” or decides to attack Truman from on high in a flying dive-bomb blur of crazy. One time, he simply used Truman as a springboard so he could make his long jump even longer.
He’s on leash around the house most of the time, but like any self-respecting puppy, Jethro is a sneaky little opportunist. In the 30 seconds it takes me to clean up a mess or pour myself a glass of water in the off-limits kitchen, he’s put on his NaughtyPants and is busily finding something to do that he knows is specifically verboten.
Smart dog. That’s the blessing and the curse of puppy raising, as it turns out.
He’s not a big believer in “NO!” — in fact, most loud noises I’ve attempted to make as a startle-him-into-attention maneuver have had no effect. He’s a pretty confident dog. I’ve tried throwing a toy onto the couch in an effort to “set him up” and correct him when he goes for it; that lasted about two times before he figured out that he’d better behave when he’s on leash. But he knows he won’t be on leash forever…MUWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA….
House manners are hugely important to a future guide dog user, and puppy raisers are the only people who can effectively teach them to the future guide dog. We’re working on it.