Friday, October 31, 2008

He's a big suck, but not that bright.

The past few weeks I've been putting Enzo through his paces. We've been to malls, the library, the movies, an agility & obedience fun match, church, downtown, class, restaurants, petstores, etc.

A few things that need work are:

Dog distractions. He gets overstimulated very quickly when he sees other dogs. Meeting with other puppy raisers in the malls for training really helps, as well as pet stores and working around my Schnauzers.

His thievery. He steals things off counters and tables, most often right in front of you. Once he has these things he usually drops them, or carries them around and brings them to you like he's doing you a favour. He hasn't eaten or destroyed anything and I don't see this as something that will continue for long.

His fear of confined spaces, more specifically his fear of public bathroom stalls, but this also includes tucking under tables so he doesn't get stepped on or trip anyone. It doesn't help that he's a very large, gangly, long dog with a massive tail.

As soon as I saw his hesitation in washrooms I took a step back and started from scratch. We started in the large stall. Once we were successful/comfortable entering that one we worked on taking the smaller ones, one step at a time, one trip to the mall at a time. Eventually we had great success! He entered comfortably and sat while I closed the door. Jackpot! That is until the automatic toilet flushed on it's own and he bolted - straight backwards under the door into some startled and unsuspecting person's legs.

Walking on leash... while paying attention. This is a hard one for him. Standing in line waiting to order a coffee? You'll tell him "forward", take one step and then stop. He'll literally keep walking and slam into the person standing in front of us. If I turn right he only knows through leash pressure. Turning left I walk into him as he keeps on walking straight. So right now I'm marking/rewarding eye contact and I make our walks interesting with changes of pace, lots of cornering and about turns just to keep him on his fuzzy toes. He is improving but we've still got work ahead of us.

Overall he's a nice dog, gentle, quite sensitive and willing to please. I'm having fun taking this dog around although everytime I go to the mall (and I go a lot) I'm asked "what is he?" by people who want one just like him. That is a topic I don't like to touch...

Collateral Damage

Kevin came home from work one day a few months ago to find Bullet covered in feathers.


It looked like a gaggle of geese had been slaughtered in the bedroom.

Bullet isn't a destructive dog, never has been. What I think happened was a Kong got caught up in the duvet and he was chewing on both at once. Then I'm sure there was a wrestling match between him and Glory in the wonderful white stuff.

Then yesterday I got a call at work. At the bottom of our stairs we have a door with glass panels... Bullet had run into it. (If you know Bullet you can easily see how that would happen) He was fine, the door unfortunately wasn't. He smashed a pane to pieces, and how we're going to replace it I have no idea!

To be honest I'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner with all the dogs that come through my house and the Kongs that are bounced down the stairs!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Introducing Enzo, our new NSD puppy

AKA Enzoskeleton... it rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? This Halloween I'm going to try and find a skeleton costume for him to wear when trick-or-treating with the kids.

Enzo is approximately 10 months old and he's a cross between a poodle and a golden retriever. He'll need to be groomed soon but I'm not quite sure what a "doodle" style is. Do I keep the beard? What about the ears and tail and legs? Or maybe I'll shave him down completely before winter comes so he stays clean for fall.

After Bullet established that he was the boss it was all play. Now that Enzo's stopped trying to mount Glory she thinks he's OK too.

My last outing with Foxy

Yes, our last outing. Foxy has moved on to another foster home and Kevin and I have taken on a new addition... more about that later.

For our last outing Foxy and I went to the mall where I posed her in front of a giant dog. I have no idea who Monique is, but happy 40th! Foxy didn't recognize it as a dog.

Then I posed her in the jeep and helicopter, wanna go for a ride?

I'm not sure she'll miss me, but we miss her!