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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday With Scout

 Scout has been a member of the BP family for two weeks and she has captured our hearts.  So much has happened!  She has adapted very well to the crate-training and the house training.  She has had only three accidents, they were in the first week and all due to some kind of commotion like people "dropping by" and distracting us.  Oh and one unfortunate incident in which I was dealing with this really annoying guy from the furnace-cleaning place who was trying to up-sell me on all kinds of stupidity.
We went into this knowing that if an accident happened it would be our fault... we need to watch the signs and supervise constantly.  If Scout isn't in the kitchen with me she is in her crate, and if we bring her into the living room or family room we attach her to us: the "umbilical cord method".
 Yesterday Scout had her first visit to her veterinarian... I am proud to report that she was a big star.  She was nervous for about a minute and then she calmed down and dealt with everything quite gracefully.
 You can see she is getting bigger... in fact she is going to be a large dog, bigger than a golden retriever.  She loves to be outdoors and is very interested in other dogs, people and strangely enough cars and trucks.  We'll have to keep a close eye on this car-and-truck business!
She is teething like the dickens and loves to chew on the wooden security gates which keep her in the kitchen with me:
Of course she also enjoys staring longingly at the persian rugs just beyond... there's lots of good chewing in that fringe!
I hope you have a lovely Sunday, well you know what I'll be doing...
xoxDani

41 comments:

  1. I let my brother do all the training - i just play with her and tie ribbons on her ears which the puppy doesn't like too much. Isnt it amazing how much joy a puppy brings? Although the puppy has chewed through the surround sound system and iphone charger and two pairs of shoes...

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    1. Naomi through the surround sound system?! Uh oh, that's some mischief right there. Scout spotted an iphone charger last night and was going for it, she probably would have eaten it given the chance!

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  2. Dani, you should see our house! We have a dog gate (custom built when we built our house years ago) that stretches across the opening from our breakfast room and kitchen to the hallway and laundry room. which houses the dog door to the back yard. Then, we have another barricade which stretches across the wide opening into the family room. Our pup Frankie is now over a year old and also crate trained and house trained. But---he still enjoys a good chew--especially if he is a little bored. We are thinking of applying for him to be a therapy dog as he is very calm and sweet and enjoys people.

    Your scout is adorable. I know you are having fun.

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    1. Susan I am having loads of fun.
      Ahh Frankie sounds so cute! Good idea on the gates, they need boundaries in the house for sure.

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  3. I was lucky to make the aquaintenance of a wonderful dog trainer many years ago. He was not a big fan of people but he loved dogs and he had the most common sense ideas about dog training I've ever heard. I've used his methods and heard his voice in my head ever since. He'd have said the same thing about Scout's accidents. A phrase he used often that I have continued to employ is "you're the one with the big brain and the opposable thumbs, you figure it out". LOL!

    She has such a sweet face. What a joy to bring a dog home as a baby and spent her growing up together. I look forward to a lot more Scout posts!

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    1. DF sounds like a good trainer. We had a dog years ago but our life was far too hectic and crazed, I'm taking a completely different approach now and it is very easy and calm.
      Excellent phrase, I'm going to keep that one in mind. :)

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  4. what a sweet face, what joy it must be to snuggle with her!

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    1. Fred she is super-snuggly and very affectionate.

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  5. Thanks so much for the update. She is quite the charmer. So glad you have not lost a shoe yet. Our pup, many years ago, would always chew Hunter's left flip flop. Never the right. I think he eventually ended up with four rights and one left.

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    1. BB, hehe I bet Hunter found that amusing!

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  6. Hello from Anna #26! What a cutie! So - give her big (not necessarily long, but thick) sticks and logs to chew on. It will make a mess in her own space but easy to clean up and more importantly, she will learn that sticks and logs are what she can chew on! So happy for all of you - lots of work in the first year but sooo worth it! Hope you are all well.

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    1. Anna#26!! I miss you darling! I hope you and the family are all doing super well. Good tip on the sticks/logs, those will be easy to find outside with the ice storm damage still lurking under the snow.

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  7. Oh she is a beauty! I am with BB - so glad she hasn't found the chies!

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    1. Wendy did you know I gave up most of my Chie's? It's true. Good thing I'm not very shoe-oriented these days.

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  8. Scout looks like such a sweet puppy! A couple of years ago we went through this whole process of crate training etc. with our dog William. They actually seem to learn pretty fast if you are patient and consistent with your training, which sounds exactly like what you're doing.

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    1. KatieD consistency is everything, it's like with kids! William: love that name for a pup!

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  9. She is a cuddle monster!
    Oh they love fringes on persian carpets, keep her back Dani! Three accidents, that's amazing, the last time I tried to have a dog on my own there was no such thing as crate training, I feel a bit reticent about it, I think I'd feel horribly guilty but does seem to be the way to do it these days - maybe a dachshund will waddle into my life one day.

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    1. Tabs I bought that blanket in Nova Scotia but I think it's from Scotland, no wonder you like it. You have to use a crate for training, I can't imagine any other way, it would be very chaotic.

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  11. Oh she is so cute! I had to google 'crate training' - thought it sounded a bit sinister at first!
    I hadn't thought about puppy teething, either.

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    1. Ruth no it's nice for them, a little den. She goes in there to sleep even when I'm in the kitchen with her. It does look like a cage though.

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  12. PAWSITIVELY FAB Isn't she a gorgeous one. Picturing Scout's first Brora sweater now. Also smiling at Desert Flower's comment. And agreeing that good chew toys are in order. Just say no to carpet fringe and Chies Scout. And thanks for taking the time to share Sunday with puppy Dani. I wouldn't be able to tear myself away...

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    1. GF oh you know she has ALL the chew toys! ;)

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  13. Hi Dani. Scout is such a cutie We just adopted a dog from the animal shelter last week. She is about 2 years old and they say she is a Tibetan spaniel. She loves all the snow we've had lately which is making housebreaking more of a challenge since all she wants to do is play outside. Pets bring such joy. Everyone needs a few!

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    1. ShopCelle, oh good for you! I bet she will be very happy in your home!

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  14. She's gorgeous Dani - it will be lovely to watch her grow up via the blog!

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    1. Patricia I was thinking that as well, she will truly be the Blog Dog.

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  15. Adorable! Your blog stats are going to go through the roof if you keep posting pictures of Scout! Definitely a star attraction!! xx

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    1. Heidi I'm happy to share Scout, she is a real cheer-up hey!

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  16. So cute! What a beautiful expression on her sweet face. Crate training worked well for us too. Our 8 year old dog still loves to sleep in his crate. Oddly enough, so does our cat- just not at the same time as the dog.

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  17. Scout is such a beautiful bundle of enthusiasm and love!! Dogs are so much work initially, but the love and companionship they bring to a family is immeasurable. I thought I was being so clever keeping our Lucy away for the Persian carpet fringe, I missed that she was teething on our antique, French Bergere chair legs!

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    1. Jennifer oh no! It is work but it gets easier every day. I found the first two weeks really tiring but I'm feeling a lot less exhausted today... she really loves us, the attachment is going well. :)

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  18. She looks adorable! May she not chew your shoes!....

    I've never had to crate any of my dogs, fortunately. I've always had adult dogs, fully trained. My dog is happy to sleep on the leather loveseat. I take the couch. :D

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    1. Rose all of my shoes have been donated or are stored way up high in my closet, it's rubber boots all the time for me... oh the glamour!

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  19. She looks so beautiful... Very sweet and calling for cuddles! I am happy to hear everything went fine with the vet... I was thinking of you as I hate rain and went for an hour walk in the forest under pouring rain on Saturday... It felt really good. And I thought that while I always had hate rain and would have stayed inside, I just went for this walk, so I thought I might be ready for a dog :-D

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    1. Steph that sounds excellent and I do love walking in the rain, yes if you can walk in any weather you are ready for a dog. :)

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  20. She's growing like a weed! And what a beauty!

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    1. GSL she is a beauty and i think she is bigger every morning!

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