In the last week or two he's seemed really quiet. He very rarely barks anyway (Staffy) so it isn't about how 'vocal' he is. It's more about how he's behaving.
He still goes mad when we come in after being out (even if I've only been out 10 minutes) but his jumpiness has improved, partly through training, and partly because he now goes and fetches his rope toy so that we can tug for him.
However, during the day, he mostly sleeps. If the family are in two separate places, he often sits in the hall, but he seems quite subdued. If I go upstairs, he often follows and sits in the hall waiting for me.
I sound crazy, and he's probably just 'growing up' but it's niggling me that he's so subdued. Having said that, as soon as I sit down, he snuggles up and goes to sleep, so perhaps what he's really doing is just waiting patiently for me to sit down?
Isn't it madness? I spend the whole 11 months thinking 'goodness he's a whirlwind' and worrying I've bitten off more than I can chew. He calms down, and I start worrying that he's not well
He's still a complete tealeaf though. He has a penchant for wrappers from bins. He skulks to the general area, looks over his shoulder, then gingerly grabs the edge of the offending item with the tip of teeth. He then gives another glance over his shoulder before taking his ill-gotten gains for destruction.
Yes, that sounds like my Poppy. I've been a bit worried about her too but she seems fine in every other way, still begging for food and still getting excited when anyone walks in the door. She just sleeps more than she used to and has calmed down alot. I'm sure it is just part of them growing up and maturing. We spend the first few months complaining about their hyper behaviour but we miss it when they calm down!
This thread has really cheered me up. At breakfast this morning, pup was tearing round and trying to eat everything in sight, me and DH just looked at each other and both said "do you think he's always going to be like this?"
Staffies are big softies at heart really. I meet lots of owners at the terrier shows. Funny things terriers! Most of them are right whirlwinds, grab life by the scruff of the neck, look out world here I come. Then you get others, like my Skyes, who are right couch potatoes. Seems some Staffies can be the same.