Happy Birthday to my awesome Gramma! She is one of my most favorite humans in the whole world! I love her so much, and she loves me too. I always like to sit right by her feet to protect her when I can. I hope she has a super pawsome day today! [Read more…]
The second fear imprint phase in puppies takes place between eight and fourteen months of age. We have worked really hard from day one to expose Madison to as many places and things as possible to keep her from developing fears. Last week, Mom and Bailie took Madison for a walk at a new place where she could experience some more new things.
Fear in dogs is not the same as in humans. A dog may develop a fear of a leaf, or something that makes a sound, so exposure to lots of things is important. Going for walks and taking photos is also a great opportunity to work on basic training for sit, wait, etc. Just being in this gazebo is something new for Madison. She was not afraid to go in, but some dogs might be. It’s just one more thing a puppy can experience.
Walking around Cobblestone Lake a puppy will also learn to deal with bikes, skateboards, joggers, people fishing, and lots of kids, as the trail around the lake is in the middle of a housing development. Madison is working on resisting the urge to chase or try to jump on any of the things she sees while out and about.
The big test on the walk came towards the end when Mom had my sisters walk out to the end of the floating fishing pier. Mom fully expected Madison to flip out because the pier moves as you walk, and you can see through the boards, down into the lake. Amazingly, Madison had no problems at all, but Bailie was another story. Poor Bailie was scared to death, but with some patience and coaching, she too made it out to the end to pose for a photo.
No creature is completely without fear, but we hope Madison is developing a good base of experiences to help her out through her entire life. Now you know, you don’t have to do anything really out of the ordinary to work on keeping your puppy from being fearful! If you start desensitizing your puppy right away, you don’t need to worry so much about the second fear imprint phase because you work on fears every day anyway!
My sisters are really good at letting the wild times roll, especially in the evenings! Sometimes I think Bailie’s wild hairs put her up to all her mischief! [Read more…]
It’s Throwback Thursday time. I thought I would post some photos of my sisters and I from our first day with Mom, around five months old and eight months old. We are the same breed, but also different. This photo is me at nine weeks old. [Read more…]
Do you comb your eye brows? Little Madison sure does and they are looking good! Mom says her dad had long eye brows he always combed but they were no where near as long as Madison’s! [Read more…]
Be thankful for things you take for granted. I wanted to join the Thankful Thursday blog hop today to remind everyone of how quickly life can change. It’s important to enjoy what you have each and every day. Mom’s broken ankle taught us all a real good lesson. The boot may be off, but the lessons learned are staying with us. [Read more…]
My mom’s broken ankle has really changed everything at our house. A week ago things were great, but then Mom came limping home from her run with Bailie and life as we knew it was changed for the next few months. It is very true that one needs to enjoy what you have because things can change in a split second! Over the past week, we have all learned a lot and I wanted to share with you the 5 ways we have come up with to survive this setback. [Read more…]
Little Madison is a growing and changing puppy. Right before our eyes, she is getting so much bigger, more confident, and recently her furs started changing too. [Read more…]
Ready for the snow sisters? Bailie and Madison are seriously joined at the hip, which in this photo seems like actual proof! Mom and I are happy they have each other and have so much fun! [Read more…]