Saturday, March 22, 2008

Meet Lucy

The great puppy search of aught 8 is over, meet Lucy the puppy. She is 7 months olds and we have no idea what kind of dog she is nor did her previous owners, so she is a full mutt.

I can definatly tell this is our dog, she's been chasing her tail half the day. So far she's gotten it about 3 out of 10 times.

This so far is my favorite picture, finally a puppy all my own. She's been doing really well so far, only one accident in the house, but she has no idea of this concept I call walk. She'd prefer not to have the leash and run wild. We'll work on that.


Levy said...

Congrats on the new edition to the family! She's looks quite the sweetheart!

I don't presume to know even a little about dogs, but in my quest to become a great dog owner I've come across some fantastic reading material. These are things that I found helpful. I should also say that if I knew half of what I've learned from these books and websites, I would have done things completely different with Drea from the beginning. If you're going to read up on raising a pup, I suggest doing it sooner rather than later. I learned that one the hard way.

In my opinion, the first thing you need to check out is Karen Pryor's clicker training website -- Clicker training is a humane way to train dogs, or any other pet. I won't get into the specifics, you can read that for yourself, but the concepts make perfect sense, and I know first-hand that they work. It takes time, but so does any other training method, and this doesn't hurt the dog in any way like choker training (which I tried first with little success).

I would also suggest reading Marley and Me, by John Grogan. It has nothing to do with training, but it's an excellent read, and a great story.

I have several other great books, mostly just about their general behavior, nothing specific about training. I'll get them to you in another reply as I don't want to go downstairs and find them.

Again, congrats on the pup!

steve sbraccia said...


you can look forward to:

* Walks in the driving rain

* Vet Bills

* Always making sure you're home in time to let out the dog bedfore it explodes in a frenzy of feces and fur

* Having your favorite things chewed up

*picking up poop everywhere

* And incessantly crazy hugs, licks and tail wagging whenever you return home---no matter how bad a day you've had..

Oh yeah, the last item negates ALL the ones before it !