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.

2 comments:

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 -- http://www.clickertraining.com/ 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...

WELCOME TO THE CLUB!

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 !

WOOF!

...sbraccia