Bringing Home Puppy

Dog Park Etiquette
July 30, 2009, 12:24 pm
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So as first time dog owners, we are relatively new onto the dog park scene.  There seems to be quite a lot of etiquitte involved, aside from simply picking up your dog’s poop (which some people STILL fail to do…ARGH)

It seems every park has a certain dog other owners groan when they see (“Oh god…its Max…”), because the -usually inatentive- owner allows the dog to be overly aggressive, wild, and generally disruptive.

Because I don’t want to be that guy, I am reaching out with a few questions for my more experienced dog owning friends.

1) Is it okay to give treats to other dogs?  I’m guessing no because of potential diet and allergy problems, but I thought I’d ask anyway.

2) At what point is it too late to introduce yourself and ask the other owner’s name?  You see, I know 60% of the other dog’s names…and 0% of their owners.  How does one make this transition?

3) Once you know their names, can you ask other owners about their jobs (and give them your resume? Hypothetically speaking, of course! haha)  Okay, that was awkward. I won’t do this.  Yet.

4) How do you politely say that someone else’s dog is being too rough with yours? (I know my feelings would be a bit hurt by this, but I also understand that it might be necessary to hear too)

5) How do people feel about humping?  Okay/not okay?  (And I mean dog-on-dog humping people!  Jeez!  I say this because I saw a rediculous amout of humping the other day.  I mean rediculous.  And I know its for dominance, and not procreation, but it still creeps me out.

6) Am I over-thinking these things?!

Basically, I don’t want my dog to be the Max of the park.  And I don’t want to be the creepy/annoying owner that the other people hate running into.  Advice on this would be welcome!


Timmy the Toothless Wonder
July 30, 2009, 11:52 am
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Apologies for the lack of blog updates.  With my bro getting married in a couple weeks, and busyness all around, its been hard finding the time for writing!

Timmy has been going through a lot of changes lately…mostly in the form of teething.  I was never really aware that as puppies grow, their baby teeth gradually fall out, and are replaced by adult teeth.  They also develop molars.  This means that dogs, like babies, can get un comfortable, and sore. 
Oh…and they BLEED all over other dogs in the park!

Yesterday at the park I noticed the Boston Terrier he was playing with had blood all over his neck…upon closer examination, we realized that Tim had lost ANOTHER tooth…meaning he has none of his canine teeth left!  Poor little guy.  And his breath stinks.  Like blood.  Its yukky.

Out With the Old…
July 26, 2009, 12:18 pm
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Another milestone in Timmy’s young life has begun to happen: he is losing his baby teeth!

We knew this would happen, and we heard that most of the time you don’t even notice, but Timmy had been leaving blood on some of his toys!  Upon inspection we noticed that he was missing not one tooth, not even two teeth, but THREE!!!  Poor little guy!

I have been giving him some ice chips to chew, which he seems to enjoy.  He doesn’t really seem bothered by any of the changes, but we’re keeping an eye on him anyway!

July 26, 2009, 12:13 pm
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We are pleased to announce that our little Timmy is the newest graduate of Jr. Kinderpuppy!

He passed his exam with flying colours, and he will be off to highschool in a few weeks.

Way to go Tim!

Is Timmy the Park Bully?
July 14, 2009, 2:34 pm
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So, I’m a little offended.  We were at the dog park yesterday when Timmy tried to make a new friend.  Now, I am aware that his play is a little rough, and I also know he likes to bite ears.  So far though, no dog has seemed particularly bothered by his activities, in fact, most dogs seem to enjoy the wrestling.  But yesterday Timmy ran over to a little Yorkie and began to jump around.  The dog’s mom apparently felt the need to “rescue” her dog from little Timmy.  I called Tim over and we played on the other side of the park to give the Yorkie a break.

Soon after, he ran back over to the Yorkie to play.  This time, the girl grabbed her dog and “calmed” him down, telling him it was going to be okay.

So, I was offended.  MY dog was not being bad, or hurting the Yorkie.  The Yorkie made no effort to get away, jump onto his mom, or even bark.  So my question is this: if you don’t want your dogs to interact with other dogs and play, why are you bringing him to the dog park?  And, if another dog is playing too rough with yours, do you say something to the owner?  If so, what, exactly?  If I am any indication, I think dog owners are a bit sensitive about their pets…a theme I’m going to have to explore further, apparently!

Tim Tam’s Favourite Things, Part Deux
July 9, 2009, 11:19 am
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Timmy’s likes and dislikes seem to keep changing the older he gets.  Here is an updated list of his likes:

  • laying down in the sunshine
  • empty water bottles
  • digging
  • his crate
  • the springs that prevent your door from hitting the wall
  • hotdogs
  • ruining the bathmat
  • dirty socks
  • shoes of any kind
  • licking our legs and feet when we get out of the shower
  • elastic bands
  • eating poop (his own…mostly)
  • his cousin Sousa
  • pig ears and meat sticks
  • running in the park
  • puppy class
  • bones
  • riding the streetcar and licking the window

Timmy on the Loose!
July 7, 2009, 8:59 pm
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Based on our observations and Tim’s successful training thus far, we decided it was time to take him to an off leash park.  There is a small park near us that is completely enclosed, so we thought this would be a good start for all of us.  For the first time we went on a day when there were no other dogs to distract him, and took turns hiding and calling him over.  No problem.

It was time to run with the big boys.

We had no reason to be nervous.  Tim made new friends right away, and he ran, and ran, and ran.  This dog LOVES to run.

He teases other dogs into chasing him, he wrestles, he bites.  And did I mention he runs???

The best part is that he comes back to us when we call him.

Here is a pic of Tim with his Min Pin friend:

Tim and the Min

The other best part?  When we get home from the park, Timmy goes right into his crate and sleeps.  For HOURS.  Its pretty much the cutest thing ever.  And like Cesar Millan says: The keys to a well-behaved dog are Exercise, Discipline and Love.  In that order!