My first dog would not poop anywhere in the house than on newspaper. Wow, I thought this is great. Put down some newspaper and problem solved. Then I got my second dog. Maybe she read the paper. That would explain her reluctance to soil any part of it. No sirree. Anywhere in the house but on that newspaper.
The most success I’ve had with training puppies is in the summer. This has nothing to do with the puppy’s intelligence, and everything to do with my preference for going out in the yard in the summer instead of the winter. So, consider the time of year when you decide to get a puppy.
What I have learned is that, although the puppy might want to please you, he won’t be able to control his bladder until he is at least four months old. So, expect accidents even once you think the puppy has finally GOT IT.
If you have recently gotten a puppy, here are some ideas I wish I had thought of with my second dog.
- When we first get our cute little puppy, we are highly tolerant. After all, we want him to feel welcomed into our home. Big mistake. Start training as soon as you get your puppy. If you let the puppy pee in the house, he will get the idea that you are okay with that behavior.
- Choose a spot in your yard where you want the puppy to eliminate and bring him there each time. I’ll admit I’ve never thought of doing this but it would save the grass for sure.
- Bring him out on a leash. This will show him that this is not fun time—no playing—this is toilet time.
- You might want to put a bell on your door hanging from a rope. Ring it each time you take the puppy out – better yet get the dog to ring the bell when you are going out. Give the dog a treat if he rings the bell then eliminates. If he rings the bell and doesn’t eliminate…no praising, no treat. You don’t want him ringing that bell whenever the dog wants to take you out.
- Have one word for “the business”. It doesn’t have to be sophisticated, unless you want to impress your neighbors. “Do your ca-ca” is fine.
- Reward the puppy when he does his business.
- Bring him out first thing when he wakes up and 20 minutes after he eats.
- Play time should be done only after “the business”.
- Clean up after your dog right away. This will prevent him and other dogs from eating poop. See my article on that distasteful (pardon the pun) topic.
- If your dog poops in the house, take the poop and place it in his designated ca-ca spot in the yard. (That’s another task that is way easier in the summer.)
So, how will you know when your puppy gets the urge? If you see him doing circles or semi circles, it’s time to take him outside.
This Teddy Bear wears her heart on her foot.
And this Swan wears his at the top of his beak.
And my dog wears his heart on his tongue
Does your dog like to swim. My two prefer to “wade” in up to their “knees”.
A Mourning Dove in my back yard.
Have you ever seen a fat bird? No, probably not. But fat cats and dogs are, unfortunately, not an uncommon sight. I have to admit that my dogs are not on the thin side. I try to cut back on their regular meals but then the treats are slipped in here and there and now the veterinarian is giving me the evil eye. “He had lost weight,” he says, “What happened?” Well…
One reason is that we tend to equate feeding with love. “Good doggy,” I say and offer up a tasty morsel. Of course, if they are in the car with me, I have to reward them for being so well-behaved. (There’s a bag of treats in the glove compartment.) And I always keep a pocket full of treats in case I need to call them back to me in a hurry. I snap the clicker a couple of times, and they come running for their treat. Such good dogs. Then if I want to put them in their “special room” while we eat or sit with our human visitors, they need a treat for enticement. And so it goes.
Thank goodness they like to run after the ball or I just don’t know what they would look like.
My dogs are supposed to be working dogs. I know what that is suppose to mean: that they are intelligent and energetic.
I invite you to watch this youtube video if you don’t believe me. This is not my video but I found it quite informative and entertaining.
Now, consider my dogs. Last fall we were driving with them in the car in the backseat. They were both fast asleep when I shouted, “Sheep, sheep, look guys some sheep.”
But the word meant nothing to them and when I opened the door to show them the sheep, neither one of them seemed to recognize that there was something out there of any interest to them.
Bunch of city slickers, I told them. They just yawned and went back to sleep.
Last year my dogs had a new friend. I caught him jumping up to get at my raspberries.
The dogs came blueberry picking with us and Sinatra searched out my hands and plunged his face into them. Too lazy to pick his own.
I took a picture of this dog because I found he had such beautiful colouring. It wasn’t until I got home and loaded the picture into my computer that I realized he had one blue eye and one brown. This condition is known as Heterochromia iridis.
Melanin is the substance that gives our skin colour. In dogs (and people) with eyes that are a two different colours, there is an excess or deficiency of melanin mostly due to genetics, though it may develop over time. The dogs breeds that are most likely to have one blue eye are Australian sheepdogs, Siberian huskies, American foxhounds, Alaskan malamutes and shih tzus.
Heterochromia iridis is not exclusive to dogs and can be seen in other animals and even people. Jane Seymour, Mila Kunis, Keifer Sutherland, Demi Moore, and Alice Eve all have this condition. David Bowie’s eyes were of two colours but it was due to an injury.
It has been a long time since I have blogged.
I envy this skater as, unfortunately, my arthritic knee has kept me inside all winter. There is no negotiating the ice surface for those of us with osteoarthritis. One slip and it could change your life. I do miss skating though I never was very good at it.
Lucky for me my dogs love winter and they do not need for me to stand precariously on blades to enjoy it with them.
I have two Shetland sheepdogs and one is a brainiac. Maybe it’s what he eats.
- Cauliflower – raw
- Carrots – raw
- Any veggie cooked.
- Blueberries – (real pest to take blueberry picking)
- Celery – dipped in peanut butter
- Peanut butter with anything
- Any and all nuts
- Samples of grass all along his walk.
Am sharing a site the dog lovers among you might find interesting. I haven’t had a chance to check it out. I’ve been very busy with my own health (osteoarthritis = physiotherapy) and Sinatra’s as he is suffering from seizures. The vet thinks it might be from a brain tumour. He is now on medication and doing so well. I’m so proud of him. That dog doesn’t let anything take him down. While he was getting used to his medication he was falling down a lot, but he would just pick himself up and get up at it again.
Here’s the website
Sinatra and I have had such a great summer. We visited several lakes during day trips and then we took a vacation up to Temiskaming Shores in Ontario Canada. We stopped in Temagami, a unique place where the old growth forest provides for beautiful vistas.
Here is a picture taken atop of the Temagami fire tower.
Most people get to know other people by chatting about the weather. But we tend to talk with dog owners about their dogs, and we remember them by their dog’s name, such as “There’s Hunter” or “Diesel is going for a walk”. So when a cute dog walked by our hotel we naturally took a picture of the dog and not the owner.