One of Alfred's more endearing qualities is also one of his best tools for dealing with the exciting moments in everyday life. Ever since the day we found him, Alfred has found comfort in sucking and kneading on a blanket, just like a certain animated, insecure, little boy.
|Happiness is a warm blanket|
Although we went through a handful of blankets at the start, we've finally found one that he seems to really love and can't bring himself to tear apart. And since he spends the majority of most days with his big lips wrapped around the mound of cloth, it was pretty easy for him to learn the word 'blanket' and turn it into a command. Now, any time he gets excited about something while in the house, he can redirect himself to his blankie and begin to calm down. Here's an example of him coming out of the kitchen when I come home from running errands:
Which eventually turns into several minutes of this:
and is hopefully followed up with something like this:
|I feel better|
Despite the stinky dog-drool smell (and frequent trips to the washing machine) Alfred's blanket has become one of my favorite home accessories. What other ways are you able to keep a calm pooch? Does your dog have any self-soothing techniques that they've picked up along the way? I'd love to hear stories!