The "New" Maggie
One week after visiting Brandon for the first time, it's almost as if we're living with a different dog. She walks behind us on leash and hasn't gotten overly hyper in the apartment AT ALL. The mouthing is almost completely a thing of the past. Maggie doesn't seem to miss her plush/squeaky toys or her balls and ropes. She is totally content hanging with us or chewing on a deer antler when we're together.
The fact that we can now walk Maggie without feeling like a water skier is huge. She's in a crate four days a week for a good amount of time so we like letting her go out and stretch her fantastically muscular legs as much as possible. She's become fun to walk. It's just nice being outside with her now.
As far as her indoor behavior goes, there are no more "oh goodness, we can't control the dog" moments, She has started to become overly hyper only a few times in the past week and each time, we shut it down so fast that she normally stops, submits, and proceeds to lay down or sit patiently and wait for cuddles.
Our relationship with Maggie has changed and much of it is due to us changing our interactions with her. We don't rough house and we don't play fetch but we DO get an insane amount of cuddle time and overall, a very calm and loving pooch.
And most importantly, now that we feel Maggie is listening to us and following directions most of the time, we can do all of the fun things we want to do with her like planning a camping trip!