I guess I can see why little dogs are always trying to act big, since owning a Chihuahua. I mean, besides the fact that most small dog owners don't take any kind of leadership role with their dogs more than half of the time, and think that it's "cute" when Fifi yaps and growls at the neighbor or at other dogs... Most small dogs are very insecure. If you ever look at a truly confident and relaxed dog, those are the ones who just hang back and chill out, because they don't have anything to prove to anyone else. But when you're tiny, sometimes your voice is all you really have.
I try to look at things from Penny's perspective, a lot of the time. She's been doing much better at Daycare, and has started becoming a bit more social and slowly pushing past her comfort zone, and actually tries to play with some of the dogs now (she kind of tried to play with our newest 11-month-old Rottie/Shepherd puppy, this morning). It's so funny watching this tiny little Chi in the mix with all of our big Daycare dogs. Penny certainly has no trouble telling the bigger dogs off when they get too much in her face, and surprisingly enough they all respect her personal space. I don't blame her. I'm sure it's rather unnerving to have so many big dogs around her, in one confined area. So I let her defend herself when she needs to, instead of her trying to run to "Mommy" and jump at my legs, in the hopes that I'll pick her up. I know she can handle herself (and she's under close supervision anyway, and if I ever thought she was truly in trouble I'd step in).
I'm glad she's building confidence, but at the same time I try not to let her ego get too inflated. This morning she got right pushy with a little Beagle/Boston Terrier mix we have here. Hackles up, and growling, and getting right into his face! I'm like, oh no you don't! I don't mind her defending herself, but I certainly don't want her feeling like she can start shit with other dogs now. On a normal basis, she's not the typical small yappy dog that goes charging at other dogs out of the blue, but recently (for who knows what reason) she's started to develop an intolerance for Beagles. O__o I have no idea why.
So, miss Diva is now upstairs in the main office for the rest of the day, chilling out with the smaller and older dogs. Even just having her in the upstairs office by herself once in a while has really started helping with her separation anxiety, too. She's screaming much less frequently now, and is getting used to spending time without me constantly being there. AND, she lasted from 9am until 2pm yesterday, *without* having an accident on the floor!! I was *so* thrilled! I think she's finally starting to get it. :D
Penny's health issues also seem to finally be getting better (at least, I hope so... I have to take her in for a follow-up urine test next week).
Owning a small dog has been a very interesting experience, so far. Now I just have to try to find a new place that will allow me to keep both Penny and Mojo. Going to be keeping my eyes peeled for a decent one-bedroom, or bachelor suite, as I'm moving out in four more months. For now though, I'll be taking a little break for a couple of weeks and staying at a friend's place, and bringing the dogs with me. Just need to get out of my place for a bit, to try to detox and clear my head of stressful matters.