Saturday, March 28, 2009
I've been hearing a lot from this little guy! We're working through what seems to be a barking phase. Through the tips of the trainers, I hope I can say we're making progress. But I must say that in the past few days, I've actually been "listening" to him, and asking myself WHY is he barking? I've noticed that he is barking sometimes to sass me, so I know how to deal with that. Othertimes, I've learned that he's trying to tell me something. Then I remembered that part of his job will be to Alert. So, I am learning to process WHAT he is trying to communicate. As a novice puppy raiser, I wish I would learn as quickly as Marshall.
One example: The other night when it was time for bed, he wouldn't settle in his crate and he was barking. I got up to see what was up. There was a toy beside the bed. I put it in his crate. He didn't play with the toy, but immediately went to sleep. Do you suppose he was telling me the toy was out of place? Interesting to think about, so I continue to watch and learn to listen and respond with encouragement or correction, as the situation deems appropriate.
Also, this little guy can find things I never knew were lost. Just this morning, a ball that made it's way beside the dryer, behind a closed door. Marshall was scratching at the floor by the door. So I thought to investigate. There was the ball beside the dryer. (I did laundry two days ago and I always keep the doors closed!)
I can't wait for the rain to stop so I can utilize the tips on the searching game that Julie gave me. Not only will it stretch his little brain, but I will be able to mold his potential....and burn off some energy!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Here is the first photo of the O puppies: six boys, four girls. Mommy Demi is proud and resting comfortably. :-) For those who might not be familiar with what a sable pup looks like at birth, these kids will all be colored pretty much like Logan and Lucy, just a little variation in shades.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
He also has gotten used to the tab dangling from him and has stopped trying to chew on it. So I know it will be useful in getting the job done.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Marshall spent several hours on the Furman campus enjoying the lake, ducks, dogs, walkers, and sunshine. He can't wait for the evening concerts...maybe some of his brothers would want to join him for a puppy/parade/picnic one evening once the concerts start?
He did really well with the ducks. Maybe because he doesn't really know what they are...but when two geese flew over his head, he took an interest and watched them ski to a landing on the water. A little "let's go" and he was quickly on his way.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
McIver, Lucy and Calhoun had a blast in the snow. As you can tell they just ran around like crazies. Lucy is sort of tiny compared to the boys so she got cold first. Calhoun loves the snow so much that he stayed out until his little paws were numb. And then there was McIver. He loved every second of it and did NOT want to come inside. He ate snowballs and all kinds of fun stuff.
As you can see in the picture below, the 3 of them are always into something. I cannot begin to guess the number of times they ran around this bush chasing each other!
We went to the mall, a place he's been quite often. His infractions were: prancing/pulling on the leash, barking at his reflection, pooping, whining at children, more pulling, peeing, scarfing Cheerios after I said leave it, . . . . shall I go on??? I was bewildered and couldn't help laughing - this is so out of character for him. The only reason I wouldn't give him an F is because he didn't bite anyone (I know he would never do that - just making a point). On the car ride home I don't know who was more worn out, me or him!
He's always so good in public, so I'm not sure what happened inside his head. A cashier who sees us pretty often even commented that he was more "active" today. I guess it was just a surge of those adolescent hormones. But I can't let him think this is OK, so if I have the energy we may go back to the mall again tonight, just to be sure he knows who's really in charge! I'm sure he'll be back to his usual professional self.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
We spent the rest of the day in front of the fire place. I took the risk of taking a nap without crating him, and he just found a spot in front of the fire, beside the couch and dozed off and on with me. When we each would stir, we would go out for some reststops. He entertained himself with a squeek toy and then would fall asleep. It give me comfort to know that he can settle down on the "rainy days" where we can't really get outside to run. He knows his job each and every day.
He also lost two teeth today. How much is the tooth fairy these days?