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"Get it!"
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The dog who didn't know what a ball is quickly learned that these small green bouncy things are lots and lots of fun. He has already split apart and destroyed two of them, so we're down to one. I'm going to see if I can get some from the tennis court or the HS team. What do they do with the dead balls, anyway?

Then it's just a matter of teaching him that if he wants me to throw it again, he has to bring it back. He did really well with my mother (at 5:50 AM) but he's not as good with me, and he's worse with everyone else. But, like the kids, Dexter decided that Mom-mom is great fun and made it clear that she was a prefered person. However, him getting her up at 4:30 in the morning, and Isaac commenting that Dexter was at his door every morning, made a new crate necessary. That and it makes house training easier. He howled so miserably at first we had to put the crate in the basement (no number of extra tastey treats would console him) but as of last night there was an 'oh yeah' 5 minute bout of half-hearted whining once he finished his treats and then he went to sleep, so I think that's over with and we can move the crate up to somewhere more central again.

Isaac is bummed that he's no longer allowed to walk the dog and hold the leash by himself. In addition to figuring what a ball is, Dexter has realized that deer are also interesting, and around here, the deer don't just run and I'm always afraid the kids are going to be hurt by one. Bambi, is a thug. Also, Dexter doesn't act badly, but if he jumps and Isaac let go, he'd be gone and I really don't need to be running through the woods after a dog while I have small children getting lost somewhere behind me and I've already had one neighbor make it very clear that if he sees the dog loose he's calling the police, so putting the kids in the house and chasing second isn't a good option either. So, we just won't go there at all.

Dexter has pretty well settled in. He's figured out how to jump into the truck, and he likes to go with us when Isaac has horseback riding. I park near the barn and open his window and he watches the horses and kids go back and forth. I like that he doesn't bark alot. I'd park at the other end (away from the barn) and let him out, but the stable dog was already growling at him and very jealous that she had to share attention. Figure it's easier to leave him where he is. People come visit and he still gets to be social without being out and about and making Gracie crazy.

Our last item of interest is that therapy dog training starts the first week of October. I wanted the group setting rather than a home study because none of it is worth anything if you can't do it all in public with distractions. A lot of the class looks like it is gears toward basic obediance, but we've already been working on that, so I'm hoping it will mostly be polishing... we will see.

Date: 2010-09-14 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Our last item of interest is that therapy dog training starts the first week of October.

Good luck with that. I hope it helps.

Date: 2010-09-14 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, it should be good. He's easy to handle, the kids roll around on top of him... Elly sticks her flashing princess crown/headband on him.... Even when it's several kids he just chills in the middle, so I think he's suited for it (which was the goal) it's just a matter of faster responses and responded to commands when there are distractions, which he doesn't do real well yet.

Date: 2010-09-14 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Glad to hear that he seems to be recovering so well!

Date: 2010-09-14 10:05 pm (UTC)
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He is. We have just a few more days of meds and then we do our follow up on Thursday. Hopefully he gets a clean bill of health because it's getting really hard to do nebulizer treatments (he keeps trying to eat it).

Date: 2010-09-14 04:45 pm (UTC)
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He really is lovely! I'm glad the crate is working out.

Date: 2010-09-14 10:07 pm (UTC)
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The new crate is a very good thing. Today he even went in without me having to act like a bulldozer. The fact that there's always chicken in there helps. :-)

Date: 2010-09-15 03:51 am (UTC)
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Positive crate training will always reap benefits.

He's adorable!

Date: 2010-09-15 11:46 pm (UTC)
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I am a fan of crates. My MiL, however, thinks I'm mean to be crate training and that it means the dog isn't working out and I should get a beagle. I had to explain that it didn't matter what breed it was, I still didn't want it upstairs on the beds, it's still not allowed to pee in the house, and I will still think crate training is necessary. I think it's always good for a dog (or kid) to have a place to go where they cannot get in trouble. Of course, my kids manage to mess that up by putting holes in their walls with pencils, painting their carpets, or gluing pictures to the windows...

.... and yet people think dogs are more work....

Date: 2010-09-16 03:33 am (UTC)
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Oh dear god, no beagles. Destructo-dogs that never stop their moaning and barking.

Why on earth would anyone who doesn't hunt want a beagle?
You might as well get a Jack Russel, all the destruction, with character!

Date: 2010-09-17 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I have no idea... when she suggested beagle I just bit my tongue. Every beagle I know the story of ends with the damn dog finally vanishing never to be seen again. And they were a pain in the butt the whole time they were owned. If I want a hunting dog, I will go back to my German Pointers, I just couldn't find one this time around. ..well, one, but it was too crazy for me to even try, and the other was somewhere in MI and I kinda want to meet a dog before I adopt it.

Date: 2010-09-14 10:22 pm (UTC)
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I was wondering how he was doing. Glad to see that he's recovering and seems to be settling in to being the sort of dog you wanted.

Date: 2010-09-15 11:50 pm (UTC)
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He is. And we're slowing over coming the prejudice lots of people have against pit bulls. We've won two people over so far, one of whom doesn't generally like any dog, and the other has several but is intimidated by pit bulls. She finally admitted that he's hard to be worried about and now we're planning a doggy playdate with her foxhound.

Date: 2010-09-15 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Yay! If I ever get a dog, I'm definitely going to look at pits and pit mixes. Everything I've heard from responsible people who own them says that they're smart, lovable dogs.

Date: 2010-09-18 03:37 pm (UTC)
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There are alot of pit mixes around. They just found a big litter of pit/lab mixes in a foreclosed house... little 4 -5 week old puppies that someone abandoned, and when we were looking at dogs, there were 80 of them at the one shelter.

From everything I've been reading, and after talking to the Vet (who is pro-pittie) you have to be mindful around other dogs and animals, especially as they transition from puppy-hood to adulthood, and pay attention to their socialization, but Dexter's not unusual for the breed.

We had a visit at a friend's house and he was super interested in the kitties, and willing to lay down and slink forward on his tummy for a chance to say Hi. She has dogs as well as cats, so these cats just looked at him, but he so wanted play. Fortunately, she has a pit mix as well and the two were playing tug-of-war and racing around. It was fun.

Date: 2010-09-18 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad that everyone had a good time. :-)

Date: 2010-09-15 11:49 am (UTC)
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This dog has a new lease on life--literally--because of you. Sounds like he's enjoying it, and you, too. Yay, you!

Date: 2010-09-15 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, we're having fun. Princess dresses him up, which he doesn't seem concerned about, though he did look at me sadly when she stuck on the flashing princess tiarra and told him "Leave It". Isaac likes playing fetch, but doesn't get why I hold him and don't let him get the ball when Dexter drops it half way back. Both of them enjoy feeding him, which is good because he had 10lbs to regain and he's still a little bony, and all of us are enjoying the long walks in the woods.


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