Another dog….posted 5 months ago in Pets
- 3 months ago
Thank you for this,
- we don’t use a crate . I know many people do, but not us
- she is doing well for 16 weeks, she is not wrong, she just pees inside sometimes and bites hands and clothes
- this latter we are handling quite well I think, by an Ah! or N0! ! removing hands and and breaking eye contact She responds well to this, she seems sensitive to sounds
- me taking her outside at the ‘right times’ by this I mean after she has eaten or been asleep or played a lot , before we go to bed etc
I know her failures are actually our failures , I will keep an eye on the garage thing and probably have got a bit slack with taking her outside as often as I should.
Thank you for the reassurance about the groomer , I do know her – she has a mobile unit so comes to the kerb at the house which I much prefer to leaving them at a salon no matter how good a salon it is. I wish the lovely girl who did Sophie and Julia was still available but she isn’t
I’m sure Cora won’t mind if I post a pic of them in her thread lol – hmm can’t seem to do it, al photos too big . N’emind
Well the twins are lovely – how nice he let her come in and take over !
- 3 months ago
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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.
- 3 months ago
Thanks for this, I like the ‘business as usual’ thing. and not reinforcing fear , which I am careful of.
I think I must have worded the eye contact thng badly , it is not in a contest type situation , rather a ‘I’m not noticing/attending to you’ one.
She did very well at puppy preschool last night, everybody noticed her increased confidence. (Also I have to say , her rather superior sitting and staying skills ) . There is a blue-eyed natural stumpy tail Australian Shepherd, probably the cleverest , a Rhodesian Ridgeback , huge by coomparison with the rest, probably the calmest, a Cavalier King Charles, the maddest and friendliest, And Cora , the cutest lol.
Sunburn, I love your oaf and his “what , me!? ” expression (and enormous paws )
- 2 months ago
Good morniing pet-people (it’s 6 am here in Corazon country). I do hope all is well with you and yours.
Pretty good here, apart from the early rising, would have been better in summer but there you go……l am almost enjoying the outside darkness and kitchen solitude -well not counting Miss of course – and catching up on WB. Plus l am meeting different people on the beach than the ones l am used to which is nice.
Cora is pretty nearly fully housetrained, is not such a hand biter ,due to my personal due diligence l might say, and is full of character. She is very funny and infuriating on walks, continually stopping in apparent amazement . If whatever it is is truly amazing she sits right down on her little bottom to take it in. Also l appear to have another dog who rolls in anything vile, sigh. Both Sophie and Julia were and the beach and foreshore have very rich offerings. We live at a beach that is leash free for most of winter and for summer early mornings and evenings. So l let her run free if conditions are right, so sweet tearing about on her little stumpy legs.
H. clearly loves her, though his first love is still Sophie. All will be well l think tho she has not met any family little children yet.
Thank you anybody and everybody who has been on this little journey with me. Your support and advice is greatly appreciated.
- 2 months ago
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.
- 5 days ago
How is that baby seal pup going? More pics would be nice.
I have Cora booked in for her desexing op – can’t believe she is six months old already! My favourite vet is on holiday so l reluctantly agreed to have the locum. Then a friend from puppy school said she didn’t like his attitude at all ( called her baby cavoodle ‘whiny’ and ‘painful’ because she needed more pain relief ffs). So l instantly called and postponed Cora’s surgery till my vet gets back, only another week or so…l told them why too, l am sure the locum is a good vet to the animals but not good enough to my mind.
Well, last night l think l see signs Cora has started a season . Sigh…….
- 5 days ago
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?
- 3 days ago
So utterly sweet, what lovely boys!! And yes, so small when babies, it’s quite frightening! But you have your older boy who looks so protective and sweet with him.
Yes, l can hold out, Cora is not on heat. In fact the young vet nurse ( who didn’t know me so didn’t know l am an experienced and reasonable, if slightly anxious dog owner), clearly thought l was a silly old bat lol. As l left l was patted on the arm and told in a careful voice that l was ‘doing very well with her’.
I exited in dignified fashion, slightly impeded by Cora fawning at the feet of a large boy dog.
- 2 days ago
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.