Bringing Home Puppy

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!


The Second Class
June 18, 2009, 10:31 am
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So we had our second puppy class last night.  This time the focus was on name recognition, getting their attention when they’re playing, and socialization.  It was quite fun.  Tim was his usual hotdog-motivated self, and paid constant attention to Mike and I.  He sailed through the skateboard and umbrella-opening scenarios, and even ignored a noisy cart (which he never does on the street).  So it was great!  He and Lilly the yorkie-mix also had a great time biting each others faces and pulling ears. 

On the way home Tim even rode the subway for the first time!  I thought for sure the squealing sound of the train would frighten him, but he was totally cool!  Altogether it was a great night!

Jr. Kinderpuppy and the Smartest Dog in the World

Tonight was our first training class.  Surprisingly, Timmy was NOT the smallest guy in the room.  We were with a Yorkie mix, a Husky, a Border Collie, and a Russian Black Terrier.  Part of the puppy training was to learn socialization and play with other dogs.  We thought Tim would be excited about this, as on our walks he seems very eager to play.  As it turns out, the larger dogs absolutely terrified him.  Lots of tail tucking, lots of teeth, and lots of hiding behind mom and dad.

A Terrifying Encounter As it turns out, in terms of training, Timmy is ahead of the game!  The trainer, Julie, was impressed with his attentiveness, and great personality.  We were also one of the only people to be crate-training…and providing enough exercise.  Overall, we seem to be right on track!

Tim and Lilly