And another one of him trying to jump up to see me.
Dh and I are about to leave for 4 days and my mom will be staying at my house with my kids and Asia. I'm really nervous as to how this will go. Asia knows and loves my mom, but it's not the same. She's very attached to dh and I. I've got her whole routine down so that all my mom has to do is follow it and I'm hoping that will help with any separation anxiety she may have.
Can I join? Just got our first dog today (had them growing up - but never my own!)
(Was Beau - he didn't know his name at four months and we live in "Bow" NH - had to be done) So sweet SO affectionate - I fell in love with his the minute he snuggled into my shoulder at the shelter today.
I need help w/ dealing w/ the first night. We got a crate - but he loves his bed in our master bathroom (I put down newspapers and he is safe and cozy in there) But he cries when I leave his sight. My son is STILL up reading him stories now. "Everyone" says crate him and let him whine and wail initially for the night - and I know dogs are diff. from babies (duh) but CIO has never been my way, ever - is there a balance? He just wants to have someone to snuggle.
Oh that is just adorable!
For the over night crating, I would absolutely do it. We'd move Asia's crate to our room at night so she's still be close and the first night she did cry a few times, but it was very short and she wasn't traumatized. After the first night, we only hear from her if she needs to go potty. Now at 9 1/2 months, she does sleep on a bed in our room at night, but since she does have to be crated at times, I'm really glad she's crated trained.
Well we survived our trip and Asia's gone nutty. She's back to eating trash and stealing food from the counters. And her separation anxiety has kicked in full speed. But we're working on it and it's getting very slowly better.
Hi everyone, I'll join in. I just got a dog a week ago. She is 14mos. She is a mini schnauzer, black and silver. Her name is Sara. She is super sweet and calm. She already has her Canine Good Citizen award and is just wonderful really. I like that she is already crate trained, and she also hangs out in a large play pen during the day when I am not able to fully supervise her. The play pen is 4ft square, so she has lots of room. The breeder I got her from did all the hard work of puppyhood for me, which I am totally happy with. I'm hoping that in a few months I'll be able to start her in agility. We have a really active dog agility group in this area and I think that would be something fun for our family. But first, I am going to see a dog trainer so that I can get trained. She is so well behaved and the seller did a lot of work with her, so I need to be trained so that I don't mess up the hard work that has already been done.
And if anyone has any advice on how to walk a dog and a toddler (nearly 3yo) I'd appreciate it. We live in an apartment so walks on leash several times a day are necessary. At this point I'm thinking of getting a leash and harness for DD cuz it's much harder to walk both of them than I thought it would be. DD is becoming more independent and willful, and there are safety issues with her new behaviors. She resists holding my hand most times. And I find myself bribing her with snacks on our walks to keep her close and under control.
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We'd gotten a ton of snow over the past week. Asia was not thrilled the first we went out but after a morning of playing with the boys, now she loves it! Every time we go out she has to run laps through the drifts and drag around big chunks of snow to chew on.
Here's a pic of her playing with my 8 year old.
Love all the pictures! I will try to post some soon. Our pup is now 17 weeks old, and is doing great aside from a tummy upset from a possible food sensitivity. He went to a 4-week basic training class from age 9-13 weeks, and was good with all the other puppies and humans. Next week, he's going to start more serious training with 13 y.o. dd as his handler. We had a trainer come out last week to assess a couple issues, and she immediately suggested something we'd suspected -- that he is not 100% Staffy. He looks a lot like one, but certain distinguishing features are not quite there. The trainer agreed with us that he's probably got English Bull Terrier in him. Dh saw both his parents, and said they both looked like SBTs, but the mother was a rescue so her background is not entirely known. Not that it matters, but it does explain his big ears! He is a goof-ball, and full of fun. :-)
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Dh's been working with Asia on hunting and she's doing really really well. She goes and finds birds, she retrieves, she points. We're very proud! Of course this is making our Chessie insanely jealous since he doesn't get to do much hunting anymore.
Here's a terrible picture of her pouting in her recliner the other day. Dh was studying for finals and the kids were off at school so she was getting no attention!
I have been meaning to bump up this thread to see how everyone's puppies are doing. Alyanavid, you must be very proud of Asia, she is becoming quite the working dog! Oscar continues to grow at an amazing rate, he is now eating around 4 lbs of meat a day, but he is such a sweetheart. He is also getting into the guard dog thing, he chased the neighbor's cat away this morning by barking very loudly. LOL!