Raising a Puppy: 29th week in his new home
A day in the life with Bruno the Boxer puppy. Bruno's 29th week—35 weeks old, 77 pounds, 24 1/4 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders (the withers).
8 months old—time to loosen up that collar.
Bruno LOVES to eat ice.
Bruno loves to play with his big tennis ball...
…he chases it, tries to pick it up with his mouth and holds it with his body, because he knows I am about to kick it again. Not a chance, Bruno...I pick up the ball and kick it across the yard. Bruno chases it, pounces on it and the game starts all over again.
A lot of Bruno's walks are off his leash. We have a lot of trails, woods and fields in safe areas. Even though Bruno is off-lead, I had told him to stay behind me. What a good puppy, he had no problem with following behind.
A nighttime walk...
Bruno about to pounce on Allie...
Out on a walk, Bruno finds the raccoon skull again! I obviously didn't kick it far enough the last time. "Bruno, leave it."
Eating Crap from the Ground
Bruno was lying in his bed, he got up, walked to the front door and lost it. He puked.... What was he eating this time? Let’s see, I spy some hay and straw, but I don't know what those nugget things are. Your guess is as good as mine. Lately when I have been putting hay out for the horses, Bruno starts eating the hay. Someone's got to explain to that puppy he is NOT a horse or a goat. I do feed him, BTW. He is offered dry food in the morning and afternoon, and gets dry mixed with a can at night.
I saw Bruno lift his leg to pee for the first time. He had been squatting like a female all of this time; took him eight months to pee like a male. The next time I saw him pee he squatted again, but we now know the male is in there somewhere.
Bruno Wake Up!
Update from week 21—It’s been getting easier to make Bruno get up at night when he is tired. When he was younger I could call him until I was blue in the face and found myself dragging him out of his dog bed to make him stand up. Lately however, when he is tired and it's time for him to get up from his dog bed and move to his crate, I walk over to him, give him the crate command, "Cage" and he springs right to his feet and walks to his crate. I had decided I would no longer physically stand him on his feet when it was time for him to get up, instead I had started poking at him and making him do it on his own. Apparently that has worked. My lazy puppy gets up on his own.
Bruno still does not leave his crate right away in the morning if he is really tired. However, in the morning no one is telling him to get up; we just open the door to his crate and wait until he is ready to get up on his own.
I am inside the house taking these pictures through the window. Bruno does not see me. What does he think he is doing? Could this be why the cat food pans often fall off the table?
So, trying to drag the pan closer to the edge of the table didn't work, he could not quite reach it.
Now we are getting clever; he moves around to the front of the table. Notice the cat watching him.
Oh Bruno, you are SO BUSTED! "HEY NO!" I knock on the window...
"YIKES! Did I just hear someone?!" Bruno jumps down from the table.
He goes to the door, which is right next to the cat food table, and looks inside.
Looking into the eye of a bad puppy...;-)
FYI, the ideal time to correct Bruno for jumping up at the cat food is when I noticed he was THINKING about it, but I just had to get those pictures :)
Raising a Puppy: Bruno the Boxer
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- It's a Way of Life
- A Group Effort
- Why Dogs Must be Followers
- What Does it Mean to be Dominant?
- Dogs Only Need Love
- Different Dog Temperaments
- Dog Body Language
- Stopping Fights Among your Pack
- Dog Training vs. Dog Behavior
- Punishment vs. Correction in Dogs
- Are you setting your dog up for failure?
- Lack of Natural Dog Behavior Knowledge
- The Grouchy Dog
- Working with a Fearful Dog
- Old Dog, New Tricks
- Understanding a Dog's Senses
- Listen to the Dogs
- The Human Dog
- Projecting Authority
- My Dog was Abused
- Successfully Adopting a Rescue Dog
- Positive Reinforcement: Is it enough?
- Adult Dog and the New Puppy
- Why Did My Dog Do That?
- Proper Way to Walk a Dog
- The Walk: Passing Other Dogs
- Introducing Dogs
- Dogs and Human Emotions
- Do Dogs Discriminate?
- The Intuition of a Dog
- Speaking Dog
- Dogs: Fear of Storms and Fireworks
- Providing a Job Helps Dog with Issues
- Teaching Dogs to Respect the Kids
- Proper Human to Dog Communication
- Rude Dog Owners
- Canine Feeding Instincts
- Human to Dog No-No's: Your Dog
- Human to Dog No-No's: Other Dogs
- FAQ About Dogs
- Small Dogs vs. Medium and Large Dogs
- Separation Anxiety in Dogs
- Dominant Behaviors in Dogs
- The Submissive Dog
- Bringing Home the New Human Baby
- Approaching a Dog
- Top Dog
- Establishing and Keeping Alpha Position
- Alpha Boot Camp for Dogs
- Guarding Furniture
- Stopping a Jumping Dog
- Using Human Psychology on Jumping Dogs
- Dogs Chasing Cars
- Training Collars. Should they be used?
- Spaying and Neutering your Dog
- Submissive Peeing
- An Alpha Dog
- Who's More Prone to Fight, Male or Female Dogs?
- Whelping: Puppy Nipple Guarding
- The Truth behind the Pit Bull Terrier
- Protecting Your Puppy from Dog Attacks
- Chaining Dogs
- SPCA High-Kill Shelter
- A Senseless Death, a Misunderstood Dog
- Amazing What a Little Leadership Can Do
- Transforming a Rescue Dog
- DNA Canine Breed Identification
- Raising a Puppy
- Raising an Alpha Puppy
- Raising a Middle of the Road Puppy
- Raising a Back of the Line Puppy
- Stages of Puppy Development
- Introducing a New Crate to a Puppy or Dog
- Puppy Temperament Test
- Puppy Temperaments
- A Dog Fight - Understanding your Pack
- Understanding your puppy or dog
- Runaway Dog!
- Socializing your Dog
- Should I Get a Second Dog
- Is your Dog Out of Control?
- Illusion Dog Training Collar
- Top Dog Photos
- Training your Puppy or Dog
- Puppy Biting
- Deaf Dogs
- Are You Ready for a Dog?
- Breeders vs. Rescues
- Find the Perfect Dog
- Caught in the Act
- The Pack of Dogs is Here!
- Recommended Dog Books and DVDs
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