They want to help and that is all that counts. They have a certain way of asking "What are you doing now? What are you doing now? What are you doing now?" ad nauseum and they never seem to get tired of it. Trust me on this: They. Never. Get. Tired. Of. It.
Just the other minute I was clearing the dirty papers out of the puppy pen and I had about 3 or 4 helpers. Let me tell you, the task went a LOT faster with so many paws at the ready. Rolling that paper up, folding it and making sure nothing leaked out was 10 times easier with one puppy hanging off my sleeve, another attached to my sock, and another 2 grabbing at that silly paper while it rustled and crinkled. I wish I had this kind of volunteer work with everything I do.
They also like to help me mop which involves chasing the mop head, getting underfoot, running through what I'm trying to mop and skidding on the now wet floor I just mopped. In fact it doesn't really matter what I'm doing, however mundane and boring, they are there to help.
I have to give them credit though, they don't give up easily. It doesn't matter how many times I insist I can do something without their assistance or supervision, they just as strongly insist things would go a lot faster if they were throwing in an oar. And don't think this changes with time or experience. I can complete almost no task without having one dog or another come to investigate and see if there's anything they can do. Shutting the door on the adult dogs doesn't work either so don't think you get off that easy.
It's just a part of having a puppy, and dogs in general I suppose, and having help doing everything for the rest of their lives is something everyone has to get used to. I have to say though, accepting a helping paw is easier when your assistant looks something like these guys and your reward for letting them feel important is as many puppy kisses as you want.
Front: Lime, Pink, Purple
Middle: Blue, Mini, Light Wheaton, Orange
Back: Yellow, Red