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Bad to the Bone

Naughty or extra naughty? That is the question!

I continually ask myself this question as I watch my puppies grow up. It’s like a fun game to see who can be the craziest – and the baddest! To dogs, it doesn’t really matter if they shred the newspaper into a million pieces, knock over the garbage can and go through all the goodies, or munch on a brand new pair of shoes (even if there’s an assortment of toys laying around.) From the dog’s point of view, being mischievous is just way too fun!

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Being naughty at home – Elliott the Corgi.

There’s that shredded newspaper I was talking about. You’d think the proper thing to do in this situation would be to correct him so that way in the future there’d be less chance of him doing it again, right? Honestly though, what do you think I did? I took pictures and laughed, of course. Just look at that face! You can tell just by looking at those eyes that deep down inside he honestly thinks he didn’t do anything wrong. I’d rather clean up this mess – it’s not like I haven’t seen way worse – and have this picture that will make a lasting memory. What about you?

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Being naughty in the ring – BISS GCh. Max-Well’s Valley Girl.

Terriers are often known for their naughty tactics in the ring, but isn’t that what we love about their personalities the best? We may spend hours upon hours training our dogs to be in tiptop condition for the show ring, but sometimes their naughty-bad side just comes out! It is that personality that is not only striking, but also pretty dang cute. It’s not always a bad thing to add a little bit of spice to your performance, right?

Sometimes going into the ring with a first timer can seem like a rodeo with a wild pup, but I’d much rather have this to deal with than a shy, “I don’t wanna walk” puppy. In the end, it’s always the so-called “naughty” puppies that have more fun. In my opinion, being a little crazy and wild just shows more of the personality that meshes so well with the show ring.

So, let’s remember not to discipline our puppies for being bad to the bone as they grow. Don’t sweat the little things, since every moment is a learning experience. Whether a pup is being good or horribly misbehaving, sometimes we just have to laugh and take a picture or two.

DFR! Dogs Freakin’ Rule, my friends – even when they’re naughty!

Written by

Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
  • Leslee February 3, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Is the truth or what? From Beagles to Ibizans, PWDs to GSPs……….that extra “spice” is what it is all about. Dismembering toys to destroying my yardwork….Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I few swear words later and all is well.

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla B February 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      LOL, dogs may be dogs! Thanks Leslee!

  • Robin Wescher February 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I totally agree with you. It’s the extra naughty puppies that make the best show dogs. Sometimes it’s all I can do not to laugh out loud when I know I should be schooling that naughty puppy. I think next time I will get the camera out so I too will have the memory to share.

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla B February 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Great idea Robin! “a picture is worth a thousand words” right? Would love to see the picture next time you have a “trouble maker”!

  • Abbey valentine February 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Puppies are shamefully cute. We don’t punish, just correct. I came up the stairs one day after our beagle puppy, Buckley, was making some puppy noise. All I see upstairs is a bunch of pillow fluff and a happy white tail sticking out of the half stuffed pillow. Do you think I had an angry face on? Of course not!! I had grabbed my camera before I went upstairs! Some of the best pictures ever!!

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla B February 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      I would love to see that picture! Ha ha i am not the least surprised… Beagles!

  • Eva Hillier February 3, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Well, you know beagles like a warm spot on the couch, right? When one of mine decides she needs a fresh warm spot, she will go to the door (asking to go out to pee) and then come back to look at the person sitting on the couch and continue this until the person gets up to open the door to let her out. Well, when this person gets up and takes a few steps towards the door, she whips around them and jumps up on the couch to the spot where they were just sitting. I’m not sure if that’s naughty or just really smart, but it sure makes me laugh when it happens to my husband!!! :))

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla B February 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      What a “smarty pants”! Thanks for sharing this little story! How cute!

  • leahb
    Mom February 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    That darling corgi is grown up now and still gets in big trouble! Yesterday a whole roll of TP shredded in the living room and Kayla found an oven mitt in her room. Maybe he was gonna bake cookies! Lol. All we can do is laugh!

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