Raising a Puppy: 46th week in his new home
A day in the life with Bruno the Boxer puppy. Bruno's 46th week—52 weeks old, 85 pounds, 24 1/2 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders (the withers).
1 year old!
Bruno and Trouble the Cat
Seems Bruno and Trouble the cat have developed quite a relationship. I often look out to find Bruno lying with her. Trouble makes all the calls; she controls the situation, and since Bruno has no problems allowing the cat to be the boss, they get along great. Bruno seems to know his limitations and if he gets out of line, one paw in the air from Trouble and Bruno immediately calms down and does what the cat wants. Proves size means nothing. We have an 85-pound Boxer and a ten-pound cat and the cat is, without question, the boss of the relationship.
Happy First Birthday Bruno!
Bruno starts off his special day with a 1:00 a.m. hike. Boy, did he enjoy that!
Bruno stopping at a pig's mud hole to get a drink. Yuck...
Trouble the cat decided to come along on the middle-of-the-night walk.
Bruno getting a drink in the pond
Happy First Birthday, Bruno! Bruno gets a party hat and a noisemaker.
The kids decide to make Bruno a cake.
Bruno lies down and waits for them to finish. He's tired; he had just gotten back from chasing the golf cart around the fields. Just as he had gotten back from that run, he spotted Stephen riding away on the quad and took off chasing him through the woods. All of that running combined with his middle-of-the-night hike, and we have one tired pup!
After Bruno cools down, he gets to eat some lunch.
Bruno gets his own handmade party hat.
The kids finish some of their cakes. "No Bruno, these ones are not for you to eat."
No Bruno, this cake is not for you to eat either. It's chocolate, and you are not allowed to eat chocolate.
Now THIS cake is for you...it's vanilla with peanut butter icing. Topped off with a Milk Bone that is coated in pill-pocket treats. Time to sing Happy Birthday Bruno!
Bruno loves his cake!
Yum! Peanut butter with a pill-pocket coated Milk Bone! Couldn't get much better than this!
Bruno has no problem finishing off his cake.
Later on, Bruno goes for a swim in the pond and romps around with Allie in the horse field while the kids catch frogs.
By the end of the day, Bruno is one tired pup. A tired dog is a good dog, and Bruno is one good dog! I believe he had a wonderful first birthday.
The Boxers and the Great Pyrenees
Ever wonder what happened between the Boxers and the Great Pyrenees?
They can now all be together as one pack. Walking them properly as a pack did wonders.
A few months ago I would never have believed Allie the Boxer could actually be standing next to Tundra the Great Pyrenees without fighting. We went from bloody fights to this...thanks to Cesar's Way.
A Very Good First Year
Bruno is being raised and treated according to Cesar's Way (the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan). It is his philosophy, his teachings of dog psychology which I credit for Bruno's temperament: how calm he is inside the house; how he drops objects from his mouth immediately on command; the way he lies down and waits patiently as I prepare his food, without being told to do so; how he does not beg for food; how he does not push through humans when entering or exiting an entryway (he, on his own, waits for the humans to pass before he enters); the way he does not pull on his lead when walking; how I can take him to an outdoor water ice store with people everywhere, and he calmly watches everyone around him; the way he does not run off, he has no desire to leave his humans. He loves delivery guys, workers and strangers who show up at the house, he does not jump on these people and I have yet to hear him growl at a human. People receive a calm welcome, yet he seems to have the uncanny ability to know just when to bark and guard. I have no doubt in my mind if a person with ill-intent were to come, he would be ready.
I can open the front door wide and he'll stand there and wait for the "OK" to bolt after the animal he hears outside (something I tell him to do—go get the fox). He listens to the kids as well as he listens to me. We can put food down in front of him, for example, his birthday cake, and he waits until we tell him he may eat it. He never enters the off-limits family room, and he never ventures up the steps. He stays in the parts of the house we tell him to stay without the use of baby gates. He never jumps up on furniture(something we do not allow him to do by choice). It's never been an issue with him. How easily he lays down on command. How easy it was to housetrain him.
There will be an object, be it food or a dead animal on the ground, and after a simple "leave it" command, Bruno walks away from the object, no matter how tasty it may be. As young as he is, how few and far between he will chew something up and of course, when he does have something he should not have, a simple "leave it" gets him to drop it.
He allows me to give him a bath, clean his ears, and wipe and put ointment in his eyes without protest.
When we come home after being gone, he does not rush at us over-excitedly. A lot of the time he does not leave his dog bed. There was a time when I would have mistaken this behavior as him disliking us, however after studying natural dog behavior, I understand this is how one balanced canine respects another canine. Bruno is respecting our space (his pack leader's space).
I have learned to recognize the animal inside the dog and in doing this I can give HIM what he needs, instead of only taking what I need from him. What kind of friend would I be to "man's best friend" if I only took what I needed and never gave back?
In return, I have one very happy, well-balanced dog. And hey, I'm even in better shape from walkinghim. There are plenty of times when I do not feel like going for a walk, but I do it for him, because that is what HE needs. I am human, he is a dog; we do not have the same needs.
As well balanced as Bruno is, I know if he were to go to a different owner who did not put the dog's needs before their own, Bruno would not be the same dog he is today. Ever hear the saying "There are no bad dogs, just bad owners"? I now truly believe there is truth in it, however it's more like, "There are no bad dogs, just uneducated owners." Uneducated in what a dog instinctually needs, what they are telling us from their body language, and how we misinterpret them. Dogs are the most misunderstood animals in the world. It is this misunderstanding that leads to so many unwanted dogs; people who give up on their pets and start over with a new puppy, leaving the adult dog unbalanced and homeless, believing they cannot be "fixed," which is far from the truth.
Do "man's best friend" a favor and take some time to learn what your dog truly needs.
Raising a Puppy: Bruno the Boxer
- Natural Dogmanship
- 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
- Need to find your dog a home?