Phyrie wrote:Knowing about bite inhibition is a good first step. Get and read Dr. Ian Dunbar's book "Before and After Getting Your Puppy". He is the definitive authority on bite inhibition, and his book is invaluable in this regard. He also has some very interesting theories about what age to bring home a puppy (he would have loved you!) and how to socialize a very young pup. If you can't afford to buy your own copy, I would suggest getting it at your local library. Whichever way you get it, just get it. It really will help a great deal!
I might just do that, it'll give me something to do when I'm bored at work!
For the bite inhibition on arms and hands right now I'm going with the "ouch!" and pull away method. I debated over that or using the 'mommy' correction of lifting her front paws off the ground by her scruff to get her to stop.
The scruff method might be a bit more effective, but I really don't want her to associate me with any sort of negative....well...anything!
DixieDoodle wrote:Luna is adorable! She does look like a panda so cute! Alberta is a beautiful province, I use to live there for 3 years. I miss it like crazy some days
Welcome from Amy and Dixie in Nova Scotia!
You must not have lived in the part of Alberta I'm in then.
What part of Nova Scotia? my wife is actually from the Bridgewater area!
Deerie me wrote:CWM, I raised a four week old kitten with deerhounds and believe me cats have no problem teaching overly enthusiastic dogs about bite inhibition. The kitten we had was the same size as the dogs' jaws but he soon told them if they were playing too rough. As long as your cat has a safe haven to escape to it should be fine.
Luna sounds like she is doing brilliantly. You appear to have bagged yourself Saint Luna. Well done. Enjoy your little angel puppy.
The cats definitely have plenty of escape avenues, what with a 6+ foot tall climbing tree in the living room!
The younger cat (7 month old Ragdoll) has shown Luna that he is WAY more nimble than she is, and when Orion is done squeaking at her during the wrestling he'll just squirm out, jump over her and leave Luna sitting there going "where'd the kitty go?" with a little tuft of kitty fur in her mouth!
She hasn't gotten a chance to try and wrestle with our older (and much fatter!) cat just yet. She's not NEARLY as nimble as the younger one, but she has one hell of a right hook and is really strong!
Oliver & Henry's Mum wrote:Luna is just lovely and what a wonderful mix of breeds. It sounds as if, and looks as if, you are already off to a great start. I noticed the crate and playpen, as well as the leash, so well done you! I have a feeling this isn't your first puppy. Sometimes we need a refresher course when it's been a while since a pup was in our home.
I was also pleased to read about your sensible, positive approach to puppyhood and not complaining about having your sleep disrupted. I'm sure Luna will manage this frigid winter with her potty training. Sometimes it helps the pup to do their business faster.
Welcome to the Daily Puppy from Oliver & Henry (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) and their Mum, Deborah, in London, Ontario.
Luna definitely isn't my first trip to the puppy party! I just recently had to put down my beloved best friend of 13 years that was having internal organ problems. She was the best friend a guy could ever ask for, and I loved her with all my heart. Luna is already inheriting a whole LOT of love from getting her spot in the house, and she deserves it! We also have another dog of (without doing the math) 5 years of age. He's a cross between a long haired Dachshund and a (from what we can tell...) Sheltie.
Living is and always will be a lifelong process, and the more I can learn about puppy training and so forth, the better life I can give baby Luna! (and also help with fixing the problems that have developed over the years with our other dog)
Oh and as far as being woken up goes, if you want to get technical it's my wife that wakes me up as I'm a REALLY heavy sleeper, so she gets to take all the blame for waking me up instead of Luna!
So far we've been EXTREMELY lucky and Luna has only woken us up in the middle of the night once since we brought her home. I've been very mindful of making sure she's VERY played out when it's time for her to go sleepies for the night though, so that's probably not so much luck and more along the lines of just running a good battle plan.
kian wrote:You're off to a good start! She is a cutie, which part is the 1/4 pyrenees? Love the pics, she looks so soft and she will love the snow. Have fun with her, she will sleep a lot right now, hence the pictures! That will change
Welcome! I'm Kian the owner of two hyper on Aussies, Allie and Ice.
Well considering that she's 10lbs at 6 weeks, I'm betting the part that is 1/4 pyrenees is going to be her size!
She was born out on a farm, and when we first got her, the fur wasn't really all that soft and fuzzy but I think that was more from just being out on the farm and needing a proper bath. After she had her first bath with a proper puppy shampoo her coat got a LOT more soft and fuzzy. She's not nearly as soft and fuzzy as our Ragdoll, but she's still nice and soft and LOVES to get cuddles when she's sleepy.
At only 6 weeks the little pup is already running me ragged when she's awake, having her chase me all over the kitchen and living room. If you ever need a test to see if you're out of shape, a puppy is a pretty darn good one. I think I need to lay off the cookies for a bit!
Madi P wrote:Goodness, Luna is a cute little stumpy thing!! She will be a big girl, yes? I love the little black marks above her eyes, they add to her expression good Luck to you and your new furbaby! Cant wait to see her grow!
Oh and of course ~ Welcome to the DP!
Madison & Milah in SC
Her mom was a fairly large girl and was half and half. Being 10lbs at 6 weeks I'm guessing she'll be quite the big pup when she's bigger, which is just fine by me cause I LOVE big dogs! She already has some pretty strong little arms too!
Oh, and thanks for the welcomes all.