I realized the other day that the biggest thing we are lacking at our house is an adult dog to train the puppies.
One puppy, paired with an adult, will follow the lead of the older dog and (theoretically) be trained quite easily.
One puppy, alone, will pay more attention to its human and be trained eventually.
Two puppies pay attention to each other and ignore the humans.
Where one goes the other follows, jumps into the lead, and so on.
I've started working with them, doing a bit of puppy training.
The first problem: When I have them both outside, all they want to do is play, totally ignoring me.
When I leave one in the house, the one inside cries and barks and the one outside totally ignores me and lunges towards the house to get to her sister.
The second problem: When I put the training collar on them they immediately flop down. How do you teach a puppy to heel, or even walk on the leash when you can't even get them to stand up?
Oh yes, the third problem: me expecting them to perfectly heel, sit and stay after the 3rd day.
I really don't know how long it will or should take, but I decided it would be a work in progress for a very long time.
After one week, Guapa heels fairly well, usually sits with a only subtle reminder, and can stay for 5 seconds. We're talking very short times for everything….. 10 step walks, etc.
Bonnie heels – but about 2 feet behind me, sits very well and will stay for 10 whole seconds.
But that's all on a good day.
The biggest achievment, however, is they now come willingly to be put on the lead. I'll give it another week or two, then try the training collar again.
And then play…. And play some more.
I also don't know at what age they should be expected to not pee during the night.
Yes I know…Crates.
Well we don't have nor will we have crates.
They're confined to a small room 6' x 4'. I use the same bed pads I used for old Sedi (as we also don't have newspaper). I put two down, and each is pee'd on, once, most nights…. But not every night.
I've taken up every other rug in the house as they seem to think those are acceptable alternatives to 'outside'. I'm hoping after a couple of months I can, safely, have rugs on the floors again.
I learned a few things last week at the vet's that may be of interest….
The booklet that the vet gave me, along with their paperwork, said that dogs can be sterilized after 8 weeks, and the younger the better. I went in to make an appointment. He said absolutely not and where did I read that?
I showed him.
He was not pleased.
He said it was his practice to do it between 6 and 8 months.
Then I asked him about the dew claws. Bonnie has single dew claws and Guapa has double dew claws. On my St. Bernards, in the US, they were removed.
The vet told me that it was illegal to remove them in France – and it was also illegal to crop ears and dock tails.
Dogs are meant to be as they are meant to be.
I rather like that.