When Bruno first came home I had to tell Spencer not to play with Bruno. Over and over I had to remind him. I tried to put Bruno in his crate when the pup was wanting to play. Once Spencer was next to Bruno who was lying down and he sat down on Bruno's bad knee! Bruno let out a growl and Spencer immediately jumped off of him. I try to distract Spencer away from Bruno and put Bruno in a safe place. I have been asking Spencer to "leave it," meaning to leave Bruno alone without it seeming like a punishment. Yelling at him as if he was being punished would not be good for the pup mentally, however he still has to be asked to be careful around Bruno, not to play or jump on him. I believe that Spencer is starting to understand that he needs to give Bruno his space. He still lies with Bruno, even snuggling up next to him, but he seems to be more careful about it, as if he is understanding that Bruno is injured. I decided that Spencer needed to get out and see the Pyrenees for some dog socialization. I brought the pup along on my morning farm rounds.
Spencer inside the chicken coop. Notice the pea hens in the background. Spencer was a very good boy. He kept looking at me for direction as if to say, "What are we going to do next? Where do you want me to go?"
At night the Great Pyrenees are in the area around the chicken coop to keep the fox, raccoons, opossums, skunks and other wild animals from eating all of the birds. During the day, however they are put over with the goats. Spencer gets to go along with them.