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Post by gbste on Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:24 pm

Thought I'd give Walt his own topic. This morning I took Walt out and we practiced walking on a leash. We just took a short stroll. He walked nicely on my left. Whenever he switched sides or tried to walk in front, I stopped. He caught on quickly and was heeling nicely by the end of our block circuit. I want him to walk without pulling, and that lesson is easier for both of us while he's small. I have a nice little harness for him that's made of hemp, has padding and soft terry cloth like lining on his side, and has a good grip that I can use to grab him up if needed. He will outgrow it in no time, but I'm just borrowing it from my stash of collars and harnesses that I use for fosters, and when he's too big for it I can put clean it up and put it back into the rotation.
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Post by Suzzzz on Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:52 pm

I'm delighted Walt has his own topic! And I'm very proud of his walk report. Labs are great, they really want to please, and they're smart enough to figure out how to do it if you'll only show them what you want. Very wise to start him early; you'll both benefit in the long run with a well trained, happy dog. Yippee! Laughing
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Re: Our pup Walt

Post by gbste on Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:56 am

I've worked with several rescue dogs that ended up homeless because no one trained them when they were babies. Once they grow ua, it's a much more difficult job to teach them basic manners. I'd rather do it while he's little.
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Post by piercingsavedmylife on Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:36 am

I saw a Tibetan Terrier that was from a puppy mill Sad but she is very special needs. I don't know if my family is up to that. But I am glad you got a new pupy to enjoy and love!
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Re: Our pup Walt

Post by Sue Short on Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:11 am



Piece if you don't think is up to handling a special needs pet on a permenant basis
why don't try fostering. This will give you a basic idea of what is involved. Rescues are
always in need of fosters.
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Post by piercingsavedmylife on Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:09 pm

Yup. I know I am hoping to see photos of him soon
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:48 am

Excellent news about Walt. He's a smart one. Smile Thanks for letting us share in his progress. I want a puppy, but I am not set up to be able to offer a good doggie home. Your sharing gives me a puppy fix when I need one.
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Re: Our pup Walt

Post by ARNIgal on Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:35 pm

Hiya Walt! Nice to meet ya Smile
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Post by fiffur on Tue May 01, 2012 12:22 pm

Definitely one smart pup! Aren't you glad you are a successful failure at fostering him?
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Re: Our pup Walt

Post by gbste on Sat May 05, 2012 4:58 pm

Walt is growing like a weed, and is doing better in the house every day. We still have to crate him up at times just so that everyone can rest, but we're starting to see signs that one day all the dogs will be able to just lie around in the livingroom together. Too much fun wrassling to rest quietly for very long now, though.
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Post by Suzzzz on Sat May 05, 2012 8:07 pm

My Lab Abby, though well behaved when asked, was still a certified nut for about 2 years. Laughing Once she mellowed out, she became the smoothest dog I've ever known. Always smart, always up for anything, always cool to just hang with her humans. Quite possibly the best friend I ever had. Yaaa, Labs!
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Post by gbste on Sat May 05, 2012 8:34 pm

Actually, Walt settles down before the schauzer does. They've all had a couple of peaceful group naps today.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat May 05, 2012 11:22 pm

That's great. Walt sounds like he's SMART and gets what is expected of him. <<>> for continued group napping. Smile
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Re: Our pup Walt

Post by Suzzzz on Sun May 06, 2012 8:18 pm

Good, good dogs!

*Hey, Mary, we need some doggie emoticons here!*
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Post by BobCat on Sun May 06, 2012 8:28 pm

Suzzzz wrote:Good, good dogs!

*Hey, Mary, we need some doggie emoticons here!*

We do, don't we? I'll get right on it!
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Re: Our pup Walt

Post by BobCat on Sun May 06, 2012 9:36 pm


How's that?
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Post by Suzzzz on Mon May 07, 2012 8:54 pm

Exellent!!!!
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Post by Sue Short on Mon May 07, 2012 9:27 pm



You rock girlfriend.
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Re: Our pup Walt

Post by gbste on Mon May 07, 2012 10:02 pm

We had a setback tonight with Abby. They've been getting along great, but tonight she attacked him. Didn't hurt him, but she scared him pretty bad. She's spending the evening in her crate to think things over, and we'll be reintroducing them slowly starting tomorrow. (love the new emoticons)
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Post by fiffur on Tue May 08, 2012 11:42 am

Poor Walt.......I wonder, did he get a tad too rambuncious and Abby just couldn't take it anymore so she attacked instead of walking away?

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Re: Our pup Walt

Post by gbste on Tue May 08, 2012 12:52 pm

Abby, Walt, and Skip were hanging out on the back stoop. When I opened the door to let them in, she attacked him. She has a "thing" about doors, but he wasn't trying to come in ahead of her. She just had a moment.
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Post by BobCat on Tue May 08, 2012 1:56 pm

My limited experience with girl dogs is that I sometimes now know why the word bitch is a also a derrogatory term.
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Re: Our pup Walt

Post by gbste on Tue May 08, 2012 2:50 pm

BobCat, that certainly is the truth about Abby at times. On the other hand, there are times when she is exceptionally well behaved. For example, when I clip her, I can have her out on the front porch without a collar or leash. She will stand still, or sit, or lie on her back; ignore cats, kids, and the neighbor's hated red pickup, and all this while having that annoying clipper going over her back, face, and privates. She seems to love Walt, then this attack comes out of nowhere. She's a puzzle.
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Post by Suzzzz on Tue May 08, 2012 8:56 pm

Abby obviously felt that this was a lesson of extreme importance for Walt to learn, that he must move no muscle when the door opens until she, Queen Abby, has gained first entry. Dogs have their own priorities and, needless to say, their pecking order. My guess is that Going In (and, perhaps, Being First) is important enough to Abby that she felt it necessary to make no bones about it. I'll bet Walt got the message, too, despite Abby being punished. For his sake, I hope he remembers!
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Post by bpaquet on Tue May 08, 2012 9:02 pm

It sounds very similar to horse behavior. Pecking order is very important, and horses do much like Abby did when someone steps out of place. I hope things get back to the happy calm (lack of calm?) they were. I'm sure things will sort themselves out.
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