Another dog….

posted 5 months ago in Pets
Post # 61
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Helper bee

sassy411 :  Oh my goodness….look at that face!!!!😍

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teeny1967 :  

Thank you!

I must agree. 😉

Post # 65
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Sugar bee

elderbee :  Oh your pup is so sweet! A home isn’t complete without a dog. 

This is my giant hairy oaf:

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elderbee :  

The bitey thing is completely normal.  A redirect can be very effective, ie get Cora to shift her focus to an appropriate object, like a toy, that she *is* allowed to bite.  She is teething, which is painful.  Ice cubes can help until her milk teeth are all out.  There is controversy about giving ice cubes to adult dogs.

Even if you won’t crate (I cannot fathom such a thing, but, ok), you can still use confinement to your advantage via baby gates.  Puppies absolutely should not have complete run of the house.  It just sets them up for developing bad habits.

Dogs use eye contact to establish dominance.  The first one to break eye contact is showing submission.  

Sound sensitivity is pretty much genetic; but, you can bring Cora along with this as far as her DNA will allow her to go.  The time to do this is while she is still a baby and malleable.  Try to expose her to as many strange noises as you can.  Do not fall into the typical trap of petting and cooing at her to reassure her when she acts frightened.  This actually reinforces her fear.  Wow, mommy is rewarding me for being scared.  I’m onto something here. 

The proper handler attitude when a dog is frightened is:  Business as usual, sweetheart.

It makes sooooooo much difference.  You keep on walking; business as usual, Cora.

I can’t even count how many times I have taught this.  It always helps the dogs feel safer and more secure when you behave confidently. 

There are also recordings of noises you can play for Cora. YouTube has some. Certainly worth a try.

I always push owners to deal properly with fear based behavior.  Anything that has the potential to make a dog’s life a little happier, I will campaign for.

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Helper bee

So Happy to hear everything is going smoothly with puppy! 

I hear you on the Winter, this past week has been SO COLD. Saturday was nice mid-day though, went for a Hike with the pup in Delamere.

 

 

THE PUPS HAVE ARRIVED! Meet our little boy! 2 weeks old and ONE MORE WEEK until we get to meet him.

Turns out there will be plenty of winter left to toilet train him HAH.

elderbee :  

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Helper bee

Oh my he is beautiful, he arrived Friday afternoon and I don’t think we have loved something more than these two boys.

They’re getting on so well, best friends already and I am so happy. 8 weeks old, so SO small.

 

SIX MONTHS already!! Good call on changing the appointment, I can’t stand that attitude. Can you hold out? or might need to go with the Locum?

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elderbee :  oh it can be terrifying! always under your feet they are. They follow each other everywhere, he’s still a puppu (1.5yrs) so I’m glad he’s not too ‘old’ and gets sick of the puppy.

 

That’s great news! Oh my, you had me in stitches. I’m sure you are ‘doing very well with her’ and far from a ‘silly old bat’ HAHA omg. 

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