dog training

Yoda, the Rescue Pug Who Needed Some Loving (part 4)

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“A week before Christmas his original owner left me a voice message saying, she finally recognized that it wasn’t fair for Yoda to be alone and not getting the attention or training he deserved.

She knew and trusted me enough to know that Yoda would be better off with my partner and me.

She dropped him at my apartment on Christmas Eve of 2017.

That was almost a year ago.”

Goldie, the Lagotto Romagnolo, that was a Surprise Birthday Present (part 5)

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“We’ve only had Goldie for a little over a month and house breaking is still a work in progress.

I can walk her for an hour and sometimes she waits until we get back home, and pee’s as soon as we get back inside the apartment.

One of the great things about having Goldie, is that she reduces my stress level.

I don’t think about my own problems, because she is a great distraction.

I leave later for work and get home earlier every day to walk Goldie.”

Goldie, the Lagotto Romagnolo, that was a Surprise Birthday Present (part 4)

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“The breeder said she was housebroken.

Maybe he just made a mistake.

She pee’d and pooped in the apartment right away.

I came upstairs and said, it smells strange, and promptly stepped in dog poop.

Realizing she wasn’t housebroken, we put her in a crate in the kitchen, but she howled constantly, until we moved her crate to our bedroom.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 5)

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“I look forward to more fun times and adventures now that we are over the rudimentary phase, like potty training and teaching him to walk well on the leash.

He used to try to run over to other dogs, and sprint after birds, but he’s more obedient now.

Ancho (his nickname), draws my boyfriend and I closer together and makes us feel like a family.

Sammy, the Bijon Shitzu teddy bear mix, (he said, part 3)

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“I took Sammy up to my mother’s in the Berkshires.

She was a dog breeder years ago, so we knew she could handle the situation.

About six to eight weeks later, my wife talked to my mother and asked for Sammy back.

My mother wasn’t happy, but gave him up willingly.

When I brought Sammy back home, he was fully house trained and we could all enjoy him.”

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear mix (he said part 2)

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“I looked at a few puppies at a pet shop and noticed a Bijon Shitzu mix that was on sale because it had been at the store for a long time.

He was four months old, so his cost was reduced.

Sammy was friendly, hypoallergenic and it seemed right.

i surprised both my daughters and they were very excited.

I set up a gated area in the living room with his crate and toys.

We had problems right off the bat because he pooped everywhere, including his crate and gated area.

I tried walking him constantly, but my wife and I weren’t ready to handle a puppy.”

Sandra, Sandy for short (part 3)

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“Sandy is a fun dog to come home to.

She always wags her tail to greet me.  We have our moment together and then we usually go for a walk.

I don’t have children, but there are obvious parallels.

I have re-prioritized my life.  Sandy has made me a much better morning person.  We have  both learned to compromise.

If you give in to your dogs every request and desire that is not an ideal relationship– then you become the pet and she is the master.

We have an understanding.

Every bath comes with lots of treats.

The pros far outweigh the cons.”

Stanley, the red Poodle (he said part 2)

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“I’ve wanted a dog for 5 or 6 years and decided when I finished school, that would be the right time.

I knew that I wanted a poodle.  I found a breeder online that my partner and I liked.  She had good reviews and when we contacted her she was very responsive.

She happened to be having a litter when we wanted a dog, so we decided to go for it.

We had never had a dog before and this particular breeder was helpful in guiding us through the adoption process.  She sent us weekly photos from the time he was born until he was 8 weeks old, when we had him flown from Alabama to NYC.

Once he arrived we got a trainer to help us with the fundamentals.  She helped with crate training, housebreaking and basic commands.

I underestimated how much energy poodles and puppies have.

We walked him a lot and went through lots of rope toys (that he chewed through).

We had to change our expectations for being social.  We couldn’t be away from home for too long.  He required our constant attention for about 4 or 5 months.  We weren’t comfortable leaving him in his crate for more than 2 hours.

As a pianist I thought playing classical music would calm him down, but when he wants to play there’s no stopping him. When I am practicing at the piano he brings me a shoe to get attention (because he knows he’s not supposed to take them).

He lets me know when he likes my playing.  He lies under the bench raptured in the music.

Music (especially classical) really does soothe the Standard Poodle.”

 

Theodora, the cute blonde (part 2)

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“Theodora was the right size because she was small, and she had hair not fur, which made her hypoallergenic.

Taylor, my younger son, six at the time, took one look at her and said, mom, she’s a cute little blonde, just like my friend, Theodora.  So, we called her Theodora.

Clearly, Theodora had been trained to walk on a leash and do her business outside.

While she was well trained to do her business on the leash, we soon learned she had issues with other dogs and men.

She wags her tail and pretends she’s friendly and nice and then proceeds to peel their face off and attack.

I don’t let her interact with other dogs.  That’s my solution.

As far as men go, she has great instincts.

A strange man approached and tried to pet her and she growled fiercely.  I just let her.         She was right,  He was a creep.

If one of my boys is sick or sad, she’s their comfort.  They find solace in cuddling with her.

That’s a huge contribution to the family.”

Laura, as in Laura Dern (part 2)

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“When Laura was little she pee’d and pooped everywhere and would bite and chew everything in sight.

It was hard getting a puppy.  She was a huge responsibility that we weren’t ready for.  It was helpful that there were two of us.  There was a huge learning curve.

As we got used to being dog parents she grew up and became more of a dog.

Our neighbors, who were also our building supers, didn’t like that she barked when we weren’t home and threatened to make her disappear.  They had a set of keys to our apartment.

At first we made sure that if we weren’t home, Laura was at doggie day care, but that became difficult.  We felt stuck in the apartment with her. We had this tremendous fear that if we left her alone in the apartment   something would happen to her at the hands of our supers.

We decided to move.

We left Bushwick and moved into Manhattan with my aunt.

It’s great now, Laura has a dog sibling and we know that she’s safe.”