Today I brought home my 9 week old Border Collie/ Icelandic Sheepdog cross puppy Rosa! We were meant to get her at 12 weeks so got her a bit early. She's doing great so far and is currently fast asleep on the floor (and not in the nice new bed I bought her)! We start puppy classes next Saturday and until then we'll be trying to introduce her to our cats and training her what we can.
This is my first time using photobucket so fingers crossed these work:
Thanks!! She's such a lovely, fun little pup. Already had her doing some agility by getting her to wiggle through the cat tunnel hahaha. She already knows her name and has quite good bite control, and seems really comfortable with us. We'll wait and see how her first night goes though! I've put some of her days allocation of raw meat in a Kong in the freezer to give her tonight so hopefully that will keep her amused for a bit.
Haha the cats don't use the tunnel anyway, I use it for hiding their toys in when dogs come over to visit
And oh yes, I need to post the pics on here as everyone on my Facebook would block me if I did it on there haha! Got so many already!
The breeders were finding it hard to litter train such a big group and someone else had asked for her puppy early so they gave us the option. We've got her a place in a weekly puppy group and have a friend with a dog who lives round the corner who has agreed to come on training trips with me (being calm in restaurants, public transport, etc). I'll do my best to get her used to as much situations and people/animals as possible and do the breeders proud haha.
She's sleeping now which I know I shouldn't really allow as it might make her have a burst of energy later on, but dunno how to keep her awake. Not had any accidents yet either and I've set a strict alarm schedule to take her out every three hours. It'll be hard work but hopefully worth it!
My neighbours who are very rarely at home are annoyingly in tonight, hopefully they don't get too annoyed at any noise she might make. She was howling a little earlier, eek!
Oh, and the cats have been over to her pen (my man built a huge play pen which she can see out of and we can all see in) for a peek while she was sleeping, and don't seem very bothered about the new addition thankfully. Just hope I can prevent her from ever finding out how fun it is to chase cats haha!
You seem to be doing great,especially the socialising,very important.I took one of our dogs around in a basket until he had completed his vacs.Don't try to keep her awake,it wouldn't be fair,as with babies pups sleep a lot. Like everyone else,looking forward to LOTS more pics.
Post by Pawsforthought on Feb 22, 2014 18:35:22 GMT
She is very cute and you must be so excited it's a shame about the breeder though, 12 weeks with her mum and siblings would have been great (although my personal preference is 10-11, don't want to leave it TOO long!)
Well done sorting out the socialising though, it is so important! My two were lucky to have my grandparents' collie who mothered them and the neighbours dog who was like a grumpy uncle and told them off for bothering him too much, which I think helped Woody to understand better how to approach other dogs.
YourDog forum member since Friday, 27 March 2009 23:47
That's great that you had so many dogs around to help socialise your dogs we have a friend round the corner with a dog, and already today had two great meetings with dogs (the first of which she ran backwards into without having seemed to have noticed it was there). She also made a baby cry, but the mother seemed to find it funny. She jamp up at the kid and gave the kid a fright. I say baby, it was standing up... I don't really know the first thing about kids.
She's a little whiny when she's in her big pen/home whether she can see us or not. Hopefully it doesn't become a habit. Any tips for ensuring that it doesn't continue? She even howls sometimes and usually only stops when told "no" mid howl. The whining stops after a while as she usually eventually settles down and goes to sleep. I know Icelandic sheepdogs are known for being vocal ... Desperately hoping she does not get that trait and stays more on the collie side.
On a similar note, my man has work on Monday and I have to be out for a few hours, three at most. I have a Kong with meat frozen into it, and know to feed her beforehand and exercise her so she's exhausted and will hopefully sleep through me being away, does anyone have any tips for other things to do to try and ensure it goes smoothly? I am well aware of the number of dogs these days who have separation anxiety and would love to know what to do now to try and prevent Rosa ever suffering from it.
Thanks! Will try put some pics on Photobucket now and add them on here. Got one of her coming face to face with one of the cats today. Rosa happily stayed playing with her ball and the cat just sat and watched her for about 5 minutes before slinking off. I read that if she hasn't figured out how fun they are to chase, then by living with two, by the time she's 16 weeks she'll have fully accepted them as members of the pack and also hopefully find them kinda boring and not chase able. The cats have been frequently peering into her pen and watching her, I'm surprised at how calm and brave they're being as usually it takes a few days for them to start to slowly warm up to new people and animals.
This is a pic of her at 7 weeks when we first went to choose a puppy. The other pics are from yesterday and today. We have more pictures but they are on the camera and the SD reader on the computer is broken haha, arghh!!