First off this is my first blog post of the new year so happy new year to you 😃.
So in August we adopted a 7 month old puppy from Spain. We had met her and fallen in love and looking back it was a rush decision. To give a little background on our bundle of Joy her name is River. She is a pointer mix. She was rescued by a lovely lady from a building site in some pretty nasty circumstances related to plastic bags (I’m sure you get the picture).
I have always adopted rescue dogs that are older. It’s lovely to see an oldie running around like a youngster, so taking on a pup was a first for me. Our little girl has a very strong personality and could see sucker written all over our faces. She was uncouth, unmannered, unwalkable and wild as a wolf.
She chewed everything in sight even her big sisters face 😲.
One day I was doing some charity work and met a lady I had been trying to contact for some time as her facebook page had said she did puppy classes. We talked through Rivers issue’s and then she said to me it sounds like she”s bored. I admitted that she had not long come out of season and had not been out much due to her behaviour. My angel of training asked me to commit to at least half an hours walk plus training and scent games.
The following day I was out with kyla my German shepard. And I came across my angel of training walking her dog and a clients dog. We walked and talked mainly about River fishtailing on the lead. She showed me an hour long walk I could do with the girls and put me onto a product called the k9 bridle. I had been considering a halti but in the future I will be using one of these. All of a sudden I had a dog I could walk!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍.
We started doing that walk every single day. Some days I would think I really don’t want to do this today but I would push myself to do it. With the k9 bridle and lots of training in place River changed. She was a happy little soul, and with lots of treats floating around willing to do most things.
The thing is I used to complain that I didn’t get to spend enough time in the woods being a pagan that was my place. Now I spend upto two hours everyday out in the company of my girls. And the best thing is they get time alone with me. Kyla is working her recall skills, with mixed results especially when squirrels are around.
River Is learning to walk nicely on a lead, enjoying meeting new dogs and making friends, and she is learning to chase squirrel’s 😂 she also enjoys all the smells and sounds in the woods.
As for me I’m a lot more relaxed now. After the walk is done the girls are tired and happy and I can get on and do what it is I need to do. I am meeting new people every day and making four legged friends. This is heaven for someone who loves dogs.
I’m learning how to cope with both girls out together. It can be a little stressful but having brought a 10m lead for river will mean that she can play with her friends and work on her recall until it’s safe to let her off.
I feel guilty though I stopped walking my dogs as I didn’t feel I could handle them but I loved them enough to seek advice and to try different things. It’s a great feeling as an owner to have the tools to be able to be in control. I used to panic when river used to fishtail near the road scared she would pull out of her harness and get hurt. Now she sits and waits until it’s time to go. Looking back it seems so simple but when your stressed and your puppy is running round the bedroom at four in the morning I guess it’s difficult to think rationaly.
Looking back we spoilt her. We showered her with love and kisses, but you know the saying spare the rod and spoil the child. I believe it’s the same with dogs. She’s still spoilt she gets lots of treats. Frozen kongs full of yummy goodies. She deserves all that and more but I think we let our hearts rule our heads a bit. Every child needs discipline as well as love.
Next stop working that nose of hers.we know of a lady who makes scent kits and I cant wait to get madam one.
(Enjoying puppy time 🙄)