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Postby jackall » Fri May 21, 2010 5:06 pm

Well we finally have our wee Bronte. Shes just gorgeous. Has totally bonded with me very quickly which is lovely. Shes a real people or person dog, just seems to be with me where ever I turn and lays on my feet when i'm sitting down. Shes is defininetly a sweetheart. We have had her now for a week and i'm amazed at her tolietting. Has only had a couple of mistakes inside otherwise sits by the door to let us know shes wants to go out or we can tell when shes ready. Shes 9 weeks old now so I think that is great. sleeps in her crate great now, but the first couple of nights - well what a nightmare she howled, yelped and barked constantly all night till morning. I forget what it was like to be sleep deprived!!!! I was a walking zombie for most of this week!! :lol: We are having quite a lot of mouthing and biting now, seem as shes has completely settled in now, it certainly doesn't help having a young child who wants to get down on the floor with her but she will have to learn. Going to a fantastic dog training here in CHCH called Trainimals with Bronte, I thoroughly recommend to all new to dogs. Will keep you all posted on how shes going. Can't wait to be able to take her out walking - you do feel alittle restricted for a while :(

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Postby Teddy » Fri May 21, 2010 5:08 pm

Wow she looks sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute! a great adition to the family!

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Postby sl_simpson » Fri May 21, 2010 8:04 pm

awe cute.
Yeh it seem along time to wait until they are fully vaxed., so you can get the walks in.

But there is plenty you can still do in the way of training before heading out into the big wide world with her. Also mental stimulation will burn some energy. Do some short walking on the lead around the house and yard using heal. Come, Sits, wait, down, leave etc.... with treats, they do learn these quick, even though they have short attention spans at this age.
Use your command (requests) in all sorts of situations, as there will be many good opportunities to work on training ie when she is playing with the children inside call her away by her name and use come, give her a treat and have alittle play with her then let her go back, repeat a few times (good recall practice in a highly stimulating situation, just ask the children not to call her at the same time you do, so that she does not get confused). or vise versa the child calls her to them way from you. Depending on the age of your children. A varation on this, do this in the backyard. Just keep the exercises short fun and consistant with all the household family members. Start writing down the commands you are applying so everyone is on board of what and when to use them. Use leave or strong utt if she is playing/chewing with say shoes or items of clothing, use treats to entice her with correct behaviour or give her an acceptable toy to play with instead.
Jan Fenell recommends getting the basics down pat in and around your own home before heading out into the great outdoors, ie Pack leader, walking through doors and gates before them, eat before them, not greeting them straight away every time you come home (no eye contact, no speak or touch for 5min) helps with separation later on, heal and recalls.

Great you are with a good training group they will cover most of these also, and great to get lots of different people and other dog contact. They say to meet at least 100 people mix of adults, children and other animals in their first 3months to provide good socialisation.
Anyway enough rambling enjoy and take lots of pics they grow up fast.

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Postby Spoodygirl » Fri May 21, 2010 10:36 pm

oh have you posted any pics yet, she looks so cute in your avatar!!

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Postby Teddy » Sat May 22, 2010 9:59 am

yeah thats what i was looking at the avatar


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