I’m Turning Over A New Leaf …Possibly

I know I haven’t been in touch for quite a while, and it’s been for a good reason …I’ve had a few hiccups – let me explain, I have always been a little too quick to mouth

Even as a tiny puppy my first instinct was to put teeth on skin - which is a MAJOR NO !!

Even as a tiny puppy my first instinct was to put teeth on skin – which is a MAJOR NO !!

Mrs P and Beloved have worked hard to attain a ‘softer mouth’ sometimes to no avail
Then there is the jumping up issue, which I’m mostly in control of … “Paws on the floor” is my command to stop this behaviour, but a few weeks ago – about the time I was booked in for … ‘The Snip’ my behaviour became quite erratic, and after the op well I just went totally down hill I was jumping up, mouthing really hard, almost to the point of biting, every time I went for a walk I would be VERY unpredictable, so much so Mrs P couldn’t take me out on her own I was knocking her over, rearing up, and her arms were so bruised she looked as if she had been attacked by a bear.

‘Dog Training Lady’ has really been championing my cause, giving Mrs P the Β phone numbers of a behaviorist, and how to up my training to contain the situation – I’m just about muzzle trained now, I think we may be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it turns out my lead rattled my ‘Lampshade of Shame’ Β causing noise sensitivity, I’m not very good at handling adrenalin / excitement AND the major culprit of my down hill slide ??? FOOD yes that’s right FOOD I’m on a natural holistic dried dog food but Mrs P and Beloved were supplementing my diet with the UK’s market leader of canned food which turns out to have 38% animal derivatives which I really can’t cope with

This food is now banned for me, and good riddance I say

This food is now banned for me, and good riddance I say

Mrs P is back to walking me alone, my behaviour has improved significantly, don’t get me wrong I still charge about like a bull in a china shop, I steal the cats bed when ever I can oh and I still have a MAHOOSIVE passion for horse poo I even had a taste of cattle poo YUMMY …. BUT … things are looking good πŸ™‚

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33 thoughts on “I’m Turning Over A New Leaf …Possibly

  1. Some of those habits are Ray of some time ago now! I can only stress the importance of listening to behaviorists and trainers. A large part (for us) was simply understanding Ray’s body language so we got advance notice of a potential issue and, if you have advance notice, a number of “avoidance” options become available. It sounds like you are on the right track so just be patient and work with the advice that you are getting from the professionals.

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    • Although Oscar is still young – 10 months he’s way too big to be throwing his weight around !!
      I’m still very disappointed with the pet food industry, they are not giving our pets the best opportunity to thrive if we were not committed to Oscars care it could have ended much more tragically for him or us, hopefully we are on the road to living in harmony with a well trained and behaved dog πŸ™‚

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  2. Oh man, we’ve had some ‘fun’ times with Kasper and Zoey too…when we brought Kasper home at 9 months he jumped up and tugged at the lead / us when out walking, whenever he got frustrated. This could be caused by something as simple as seeing another dog off lead he wanted to play with. Ignoring Kasper didn’t work as he got more and more excited, and the tugging in itself was rewarding for him. Then we switched to a chain lead, and he hated the metal in his mouth – problem sorted, he hasn’t done it since despite us using a material lead now.

    He was very mouthy with our fingers too, and any play / interaction resulted in him chewing on us. With him it was easy to teach him that teeth on skin = end of play, and toy in mouth = continuation of play. Problem solved!

    Then there’s Zoey. Zoey is one of the mouthiest dogs I have met. We got her to the point of a soft mouth and said okay, that’s good enough. I can play tug of war using my fingers in her mouth, and she is gentle. If she gets OTT she lets go if I so much as whisper “drop it”…works for us πŸ˜€

    We still have plenty of hiccups. Zoey can forget herself and jump up / mouth too hard, but we’ve done so much work with ‘sit’ she follows the cue no matter how hyper she is – very helpful!! Kasper would resource guard if we didn’t manage the situation carefully…dogs love to keep us on our toes, huh?!

    Oh well, nobody is perfect…

    Sorry, waffled on πŸ˜€ Can I just say you might have been the cutest puppy ever, too?! OMB THAT FACE! ❀

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    • We have been on a chain lead for months because as you say the taste of metal is not too yummy, most of the time he will respond to sit if we catch his temperament change in time, if not he just looses the plot and we have to ride it out until he focuses again, so I guess we still have to keep on our toes for quite a while yet.
      I can put up with his habit of litter picking, eating copious amounts of horse/cattle poo, and even his stealing of things that are not put out of reach ( mostly puppy related stuff anyway) as long as we can get past this rearing up and extreme mouthing, he’s a beautiful affectionate mutt and although still a puppy is the size of a small bear LOL

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      • You know he sounds very similar to how Kasper was hahaha! Being a BC x ESS Kasper was extremely high energy as a young ‘un, but at 5 years old he can be amazingly calm in ways I never thought he would be.

        For example when visitors come over he used to go crazy, and even hotdog couldn’t get his attention – now he will perform any trick I ask him to (for plain old kibble), he doesn’t jump up at guests and he sits for strokes. I did basically no training for these scenarios as we so rarely get people visiting our house…it just happened as he matured πŸ™‚

        He does still eat lots of poo though – never other dogs’, but apparently cat, horse, cow, deer and fox poo is THE BEST πŸ˜‰

        Oh gosh I’ve just discovered the first posts of your blog, and they have more adorable puppy photos…well I know what I’ll be doing today πŸ˜€

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      • Yeah I only have to wait 4 yrs 2 months to get the dog I know he can be LOL
        We had a rottie previously https://craftodyssey.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/goodbye-old-dog/ it’s been a while since we have had a puppy so it’s been quite a time for him and us.
        Oscar rolled in fox poo last weekend – OMGoodness what a smell Beloved was baulking all the way home ( much to my amusement ) have to go he’s stole a paint roller – at least there are no additives in it πŸ™‚

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      • HAHAHA! You never know, he might settle down way faster than Kasper…oh wait, don’t larger dogs tend to mature slower?! XD

        Oh I’m so sorry, losing such a loved pet is horrible 😦 What a gorgeous boy though ❀

        I love Rottie's, we've walked and trained quite a few in rescue and I always said I wanted one…another 'some day' dog I guess πŸ™‚

        Puppies are such hard work…it's always hard to prepare for the madness too because they are so cute and squishy! As soon as Zoey grew up I forgot about all the effort and training and sleepless nights; I could only remember the puppy love and snuggles!

        Ah fox poo, I know that lovely perfume well! The worst thing Kasper has ever rolled in was a rotten wild bird's egg – omb that thing STUNK!! I actually had to bath him afterwards (normally a dip in a river / the pool will suffice) it was so bad.

        I can understand the fascination with paint rollers – they spin AND they're floofy, what's not to love?!

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      • Hahaha! You know I definitely read somewhere that Rotties mature at the age of 11 months, and by 1 year they are automatically perfectly behaved…honest, I wouldn’t lie to you I swear πŸ˜‰

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      • Hahahahaha I’m sure you would never tell me such a lie, he’s been the dream dog this morning, walked, groomed,played and even got up to 5 mins of muzzle training outdoors acting like a professional showman – so you must be telling me the truth πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh,dear boy! You made sweat quite a lot Mrs and Mr P…. I had the chance to see a rottweiler in real life lately and realized that you are a quite big beasts….. So please, try to behave yourself and give a break to your masters! You can even be a friend with cats (even if I remember one of them making fun of you recently….. :/ ) ….

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    • I did try to be friends with Neurotic Cat …until she started to follow me on last nights walk, meowing like some sort of loud hailer – boy can she run, I chased her through the grave yard like her bottom was on fire hahahaha

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  4. It’s good to know that you are accepting of the help being given from all around you Oscar, and also great that so many little issues have been identified as causing your unruly recent antics! Your loving ‘mum & dad’ just want to make you into a real big cuddly softy, which is no bad thing at all, as well as very obedient too! πŸ™‚
    Poor Mrs. P looking like she had fought off a grizzly in the ‘Tangled Backwoods’, when really it was you, practising kangaroo jumping ;-/
    I hope you are still enjoying your fruity morning walks now? LOL πŸ˜€

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    • I ‘may ‘ have spoken a little too soon – I was a little bit of a plum this morning …I’m not sure what set me off but my kangaroo jumping resurfaced, Mrs P was a tad disappointed (I will try harder to behave on my next walk) so it’s back to Beloved escorting us on our walks 😦

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      • Oh No, and you were doing so well! Hopefully having Mr. P on the walks will keep you mindful and settle you back down again. Maybe Mrs. P should have her best heel ready to nudge your back leg at the first sign of any of your giddiness too it’s always a good distraction – while you’re left wondering what made you miss your step, you completely forget to turn into a plum πŸ˜‰

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      • I was a star last night πŸ™‚ plum again this morning 😦 Beloved bought me a chew the full ingredients weren’t on the label Mrs P is off to google the brand to see if animal derivatives are included – which would explain my behaviour

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      • I wonder if Mrs. P has unravelled the mysteries of the chew treat yet???
        It’s such a shame when the things that are yummy end up making you hyper 😦 …or worse!
        We had such problems with Peppy’s diet (the Weimaraner belly as it’s known:-/ ) just about everything upset his digestive system in a very icky way. We had to suspend all ”treats” giving only his own dry food as treats in small amounts, it’s been over eight years since he had anything like a chew or dog sausage etc and now as long as he gets his few dry bits every now and then through the day, he’s completely happy….as are his bowels..thank goodness. Maybe if you try knocking off everything but your main dry food as treats for a while…just to see if there is any improvements πŸ˜‰ Good luck xx

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      • The chew has just about worked through my system as I’ve been good this afternoon, when Mrs P arrived home from work late evening I greeted her with licks and a huge cuddle – I might have squashed her a bit when I sat on her knee (but I was good LOL) of course she is now covered in dog hairs but hey ho πŸ™‚

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      • LOL After such a greeting, I’m sure Mrs. P didn’t mind all those hairs one little bit, she’d be more pleased that you are getting back to normal once more πŸ™‚

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      • I have been super today …bearing in mind it’s only early LOL but I’m determined to try and keep it up because I’m sure Mrs P mentioned a trip to the pet shop ( where I’m allowed in !!!) to pick up a treat

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      • Ooooo πŸ˜‰ sounds like Mrs. P wants to reward your good behaviour, though… don’t get your hopes up about another of those chews Mr. P brought home LOL

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      • No chew, no additives, no animal derivatives, you don’t think Mrs P is going to turn me into a vegetarian like her do you ??? I mean I like my blackberries and all but seriously !!!

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  5. If the horses and cattle are leaving candies around for you, it would be impolite not to try some. Around here, the candies are only left by geese, but I do what I can not to hurt their feelings….. Mom usually says the word, “Don’t you dare.” But if I’m quick enough I get to taste some now and then. I’m happy your behavior is getting back on track, O.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  6. Oh Oscar, sounds like you’ve had a stressful few weeks. It is amazing what food can do to you. Echo uses to be on Beta puppy when we got him and it is full of E numbers. He was so hyper!! Both boys are on Arden grange which is still not perfect but definitely better and the improvement is amazing. No tinned food for either of them as well, only real mince and fish as a treat. Glad to see your mum is persevering with you and getting you help to behave. We all need a mummy (and daddy) that looks after us. Hope you keep improving big guy. Love from the boys x

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    • ‘Dog Training Lady’ has stated that I can’t be taught not to do something, only be redirected, I know I still have a few things to iron out behaviour wise, and chewing Mrs P’s glasses this morning was a bit naughty …Oooops

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      • That is very naughty Oscar!
        I have that with Echo. He insists on grabbing at the mail as it comes in the door. I can’t make him stop going for it so instead I am training him to bring me the mail. It is going relatively well…as long as I have biscuits! Keep at it Oscar, you are a cracking looking dog, good luck!

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  7. Sam’s behavioural problems were reduced significantly by changing her diet and getting her a calm friend – she’s a terrier-collie cross. To begin with we fed her on standard tinned food and mixer, but we haven’t done so for 8 years. Now she has minced organic offal or tinned organic 100% meat (neither have any additives) and organic complete food. Her calm little friend, Max, is sensitive to any additives in his food (makes him very ill) and he has the same diet and is thriving on it. Sam now walks on a harness, but she used to have a Canny Collar to stop her pulling, which worked very well. I really don’t like metal leads. Good luck with the diet change and do experiment with different food – 100% dry food is convenient for humans, but dogs do like meat!

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    • I’m wondering if you could give me a link to the tinned food you are using, Oscar had a really great couple of days then lost the plot again – possibly due to a chew Beloved gave him, pulling isn’t a problem as he uses the command come round to return back to heel, it’s the rearing up – bearing in mind he’s as tall as me when he’s on his hind legs- and the heavy mouthing, which he can control when he’s calm but when he’s having a ‘moment’ of being silly which will only last a few minuets 5 – 10 he mouths quite hard yet he stops himself from biting so he has a degree of self control then he returns to a super loving, friendly, and well behaved guy, what’s going on in his mind I’m not quite sure, still we are plugging away. Thanks for giving me input πŸ™‚

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