When I’m working, the most exhausting time of day for me is the first hour or so after getting home from work. Depending on the day, it could be as early as 4 or as late at 6. Upon arriving home, Rigby sits at the back door trembling with excitement, barely able to contain her happiness that I am home. Making her wait until the door opens all the way is about all she can handle so when I tell her she can come inside she flies through the house, slipping and sliding on the hard floors, knocking over furniture and flinging dirt from those crazy feet. For the next couple hours, she is a complete and utter nightmare. While I’ve spent the day working my butt off, she’s spent the day sniffing around the backyard, sleeping, and basically building up energy. Therefore, when I am least interested in playing and entertaining her is when she needs it the most. As much as I just want to sit on the couch, we HAVE to go for a long walk in order to survive the evening.
Being on vacation, I’ve been really good about taking Rigby out for a long walk in the morning when we get up. When I’m home, she spends most of the day inside with me, and I often throw the toys around for her to play with. What I’m basically saying is that she’s been getting a lot of exercise throughout the day since I’ve been on break. That doesn’t seem to have curbed the late afternoon craziness. Starting about 4PM, this dog is nuts, and it last a couple of hours. She’s been so rotten. “Miss Thang” has chewed up a pair of shoes, dragged the kitchen towels around the house, and dug through the trash.
She tore a loaf of bread out of it’s package and ate it and ripped up a kitchen sponge. Just today, I frustratingly said, “I’ve kept you busy all day! Why are you acting like this?” But she was too busy pulling the kitchen rug through the living room to hear me.
Once it’s after 6:00, she is such a mellow, well-behaved dog. Those two hours of the day are going to be the death of me. I’m hoping that she’ll grow out of this “phase” once she turns two. I think that is next month, so fingers crossed.