Posts Tagged With: behavior

It All Started 1 Year Ago

One year ago, today, we brought Anu home to our family. Life will never be the same. We have learned quite a lot about being a puppy family. She brings us so much joy with her sweet and playful spirit. Anu was exactly 8 weeks old that day. Now she is 1 year and 2 months old and this evening graduated from Advanced Training Class.

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She also got a nice haircut for the remainder of summer, making her look almost like a Dalmatian puppy.

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The Invading Balloon

Anu the Cockapoo: The Invading Balloon

Anu is not happy with this “invader” in her home, a simple balloon. Funny video.

 

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Anu Naps

This is Anu’s new preferred way to take her naps; just like a baby:

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Social Play

Anu’s un-social behavior until recently has been based on her extreme shyness. She typically holds back, hides behind me, and barks or cries and will not let people pet her. You can only imagine how happy I was that she played with Holly, a Cavapoo, today in her training class. She is becoming more and more comfortable in public.

She is trusting humans more now, as well. Our trainer was able to take her leash while Anu listened to commands. She even took a treat from the other pup’s human and allowed her to pet her.

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Social and Behavioral Progress

Anu used to be super shy and very anxious in public and/or social scenarios. She would pull away from the vet and vet assistants, pee on them, and cry a lot. Meeting other people and dogs really stressed her out.

Today was our best vet visit ever. She was well behaved and happy to see the staff. Anu did not cry when they took her back for tests. When the vet returned with her she said she is perfect…perfectly healthy, perfectly well behaved in public, socializing quite well. (And she did not pee on them.)

Through consistency in bringing her in public and also training and her classes, she is now just a wee bit shy still, but will greet familiar people in public and then warms up to unfamiliars when given a couple of minutes to get comfortable. Anu loves the vet and other dogs and puppies (no matter how big or small).
She begs to ride in the car and go places. She has fun in her puppy classes; when she first started she hid under my chair or sat on my lap for 3 weeks, now she sniffs around for a few minutes and has even played with other pups the last couple of times. She is now in the intermediate level class and is doing quite well. Is learning to “heel,” has improved with “coming when called”, and “stay”.

She loves the PetSmart classes and our PetSmart trainer, btw. 🙂

She still gets very protective and nervous when known or unknown visitors come to the house. So, we will continue to work on that. She has never attacked it tried to bite anyone, just barks a lot and stands or lays between the visitor and myself.

Anu was under 4 pounds at 8 weeks old. She is now 19.8 pounds. And in great condition and health.

This is how happy she was at the vet today:

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First Aid for Pets

Today is the last day of April, National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. One more, extensive, Pet First Aid infographic for dogs and cats to summarize the most important facts and tips:

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Anu Graduated “Beginner” Puppy Training Today

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Anu graduated Beginner Puppy Training today.

At her first two classes, she was so shy that she stayed either under my chair or sat on my lap. She shied away from other dogs, puppies, and most people, as well.  The hugest progress for her was when she played with another puppy after class today; she typically watches the other puppies play with each other, not even considering participating. She has now become a much more social dog, although still cautious.

We have learned better ways to work with her both with behavior and socialization. Anu has always been a good, sweet girl; now she brings us even more joy (if that’s even possible) with her good behavior. It is so important that she has learned and continues to work on: “come when called”, “drop it”, “leave it”, “sit”, “stay”, etc. All of the commands we use with our puppies can make the difference in behavior and in the safety and health of our dogs, too. 

I am very proud of her and looking forward to starting intermediate training next week. 

I used the PetSmart Pet Training Program. It works. It is a program I would recommend to anyone.

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Effect of Training in the Dog’s Brain Infographic

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Great Infographic on Socializing Your Dog

Great Infographic on Socializing Your Dog

Info on positive socializing experiences for your puppy so your dog will be happy and comfortable with new situations.

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Hints for Managing the Stressed Dog

Hints for Managing the Stressed Dog

Recognizing the signs of a stressed dog. Learn more about what behaviors indicate your dog might be anxious.

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