Miss Poppy started obedience/doggy manners training a couple weeks ago, and already she's well on her way to being the valedictorian of Dog School, and only SORT OF because there's only one other dog in the class.
Honestly, Beau probably needs training more, but it was part of our adoption agreement with Poppy's rescue because she was still a puppy. (We had to pay an additional $50 deposit that we get back once she's completed a properly certified/acceptable training program.) She's a good girl but a big strong girl who already has 20 pounds on Ike and can knock him flat with an overly-excited greeting.
Beau gets a free pass on those same not-great behaviors because he's so small. He pulls on the leash during walks but like, nice try, pipsqueak, behold my SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH. Poppy sees a squirrel and I'm like, PLEASE CHILD I HAVE A WEAK ELBOW NOOOOOOO.
Likewise, Beau jumps up on people and it's like, "Awwww, look at the little Ewok Toto standing up on his hind legs and bouncing around like a coked-up kangaroo! That's so adorable!"
Poppy does the same thing and I end up looking like this:
None of it's aggressive, of course. Just HI HI HI HEY HEY HEY ME ME ME YOU YOU YOU PET PET PET NOW NOW NOW with that rock-hard head and those big ol' paws and nails that she let me trim but then rebelled against any filing so they're like razor-sharp...uh...razors attached to her feet.
The dogs definitely mimic each other, in both good and naughty ways -- when Poppy first arrived she never barked or jumped up on people but quickly picked up both habits from Beau. On the other hand, having an already house-trained dog around DEFINITELY helped us speed that process up with her. And Beau is already picking up on a lot of the hand commands Poppy's learning because WAIT WHY IS SHE GETTING ALL THOSE TREATS I WANT TREATS WHAT LIKE LYING DOWN IS HARD OR SOMETHING LOOKIT I CAN LIE DOWN TOOOOOO.
But minor behavior quibbles aside...
(They're good cats, too. But in that special cat asshole-y way.)