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I do hope you enjoy reading about all the various exploits of the Hairy Gang !

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fozzie update



Well Fozzie is now 11 weeks old. He is truly a lovable monster. He is on the go almost from morning till night. He's had his first Jab and I am eagerly waiting his 2nd so that he can start going out. I am doing a little clicker training most days for about 5 minutes at a time. He hasn't been as quick on the uptake as my other dogs. He is very keen when I first produce the clicker and food and is very focused on me,however he just seems to have trouble grasping what I want. I have kept everything very up beat and he now does a lovely quick sit,will offer his paw, but the down has been really hard..he's perfect when I use my finger and point to the ground but take away any visual signal and he hasn't a clue. I have been watching some youtube videos of other 8-12 week old puppies doing all sorts of wonderful tricks etc and I have been despairing of Fozzie. I shall persevere and I hope it will just click eventually. By now my other puppies would have been offering behaviours in the hope of getting the click and treat, but if I stop and wait he just walks off and finds something else to do rather than work out how to get his reward.
My other problem has been house training and his food !!!
House training is taking an age. I have now made a small enclosure in the garden with his paper in it,I am putting him out every 15 minutes and he now almost goes at once..however he often comes straight back indoors and pees (usually on the carpet or dog beds!) A bit like the clicker training its just taking him a long time to click I think.
Food..well he came to me with a small amount of Beta Puppy. He also had very loose stools when he arrived. I kept him on this food but he still didn't firm up. I had him booked in for his first jab 48 hrs later but my vet wouldn't give it to him because of his upset tummy.He was put on a short course of antibiotics and a diet of Chicken/fish & rice followed by Hills I/D prescription diet for a few days. Immediately he improved. However as soon as I introduced any other food he got loose again !!!
I thought at long last I had found something that suited him..ie Natures Harvest moist food. Its very similar to Naturediet but smells , looks much nicer & has good ingredients. I had been mixing it in with the ID and gradually increasing the amount. However yesterday he was loose again !! He did have his jab yesterday so that may be why...time will tell.
I hope over the next few weeks to start him on raw food, I am hoping he'll be great then as all my other dogs have ,and there will be no turning back.
Here are 2 pictures I took today. His hair on his face is getting longer and is coming through white !!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Xmas Piccie


Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Xmas from my hairy crew..Shame that Woody looks so fed up!!!
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fozzie update


Well Fozzie has been with me a week now and I have to say he is the naughtiest puppy I have had !!! He also won't keep still long enough to have a photo taken,s
o I have added a picture of him asleep as that the only way I could get one. Everything but everything is picked up,eaten or chewed. He is a very motivated puppy however ..he loves toys alot,he is also very into food so this will help with his training . I have clued him into the clicker and have started shaping some behaviours. He already knows a sit without any luring,has a reasonable down(with a little help) and a few seconds wait.
Woody & Chip love him to bits,Jake & Wispa tolerate him but Disney hates him. Disney isn't good with other dogs in his space and he hates puppies even more. We have kept them pretty much separate so far. I have crates in every room so either Disney can have time out or Fozzie. But whenever Fozzie goes anywhere near the crate Disney looks & sounds so ferocious & little Fozzie just couldn't give a damn,he just stands there wagging his tail at Disney..a bit worrying me thinks !!!
Fozzie is one hell of a confident puppy,scarily so.
I took the boys for their weekly swim(Chips last before Olympia) and at the end Sue said to bring Fozzie in. We put a life jacket on him and gently put him in..well he was off ..Sue says they normally are very worried and have trouble getting their balance in the water,but not Fozzie.. It was like he had been swimming all his life. He only stayed in for about 1 minute but he loved it.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

FOZZIE

Fozzie has arrived !! We picked him up today & so far he has made himself very at home. I have to say I think I must be mad getting puppy in this weather..its freezing standing outside trying to encourage a tiny puppy to go for a wee ,who hasn't the slightest idea what I'm talking about ha ha. I have never paper trained my puppies in the past,but with the weather forecast over the next few days I think I may just do that as a temporary measure.
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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Lovely Walk Today

















Woody's Paw is better & the boys have had their check up at the Chiro, so today I took them for a lovely walk up at Chatley Heath.
I just love this picture of my special boy Disney . We also came across a tree that had been decorated with all Xmas tree ornaments.It looked so lovely,especially in the sunshine.I just had to get a picture of it. Shame about Woody & Chips tongues in their pic!! ha ha
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Woody's Poorly Paw

Poor Woody cut his pad on his front right leg again last Tuesday. Its been a miserable week again for him & also Disney & Chip. Woody would not leave his paw alone , he licked & chewed at it as soon as our backs were turned& any bandage was pulled off instantly ,so I had no alternative but to put a muzzle on him again so that the wound had a chance to heal. I had previously bought some good cream(after his last cut pad) that Amanda had recommended called Ultrasalve. Its a natural product which is anti bacterial and really helps wounds to heal. I think it certainly helped and before walks I also used some Germolene spray on plaster to help keep out any dirt , I also put a Mikki boot on him as well. Well the Mikki boots are pretty useless & after about 10/15 minutes were sodden and just fell off . On one particular walk I ended up carrying Woody for 10 minutes back to the Van as I didn't want him to get the foot dirty from all the mud & risk infection. I can tell you he's very heavy !!!! So after this the dogs walks have been very limited & if I left him behind he just barked & howled.
The only bonus for him is that he's been sleeping upstairs with us because he has to wear the muzzle. I was very concerned about leaving him downstairs muzzled in case anything happened.
Well the good news is its now pretty much healed. So by this weekend I guess he will be able to go back to normal walks, although the dogs have their 6 monthly visit to the chiropractors on Friday, & I'm sure as eggs are eggs they will all need a little tweaking somewhere & will have to take things easy for yet another 48 hrs !!!