erin_ohagan Posted November 5, 2013 Report Share Posted November 5, 2013 Hi, I just wanted to stop by this forum and introduce myself and my 9-month-old dog, Dublin. Dublin was rescued from a dog hoarder in our area at the age of 5 months. She was living in a 10x20 foot outdoor kennel with two mama dogs and their 17 puppies! The woman signed all the dogs over and they were adopted out. I got Dublin at the age of 6-months after she'd spent a month in a foster and has been with me for 3 months now. Dublin is a BC-mix....not sure what she's mixed with exactly, but mom was BC and dad....well, who knows? Even with this rough start in life, she's a gem with people. There doesn't seem to be any adverse affects of not being very people socialized early on. She definitely prefers the company of other dogs over people if she has the choice and loves playing with them. She loves me, but hasn't figured out that she can play with me as well as get loves/snuggles from me. It's made me consider getting a second dog, but that won't be happening any time soon. Dublin just finished basic obedience with flying colors....other than loose-leash walking!!! She is so excited by other dogs that she practically twirls on a toe-nail when one gets close. She's better than she was 3-months ago, but still gets WAY too excited. We are have scheduled a 1-on-1 session with a trainer to help teach me some skills to handle this with her. Dublin is my first dog. I did NOT intend to get a BC for a first dog, but she has such a sweet temperament, that she won me over when I met her. Fair warning, I might post questions on here a lot. As a first-time dog mom, and a natural worrier, I like to pick other's brains about things! My poor co-workers get the brunt of it, but I suspect I'll be posting on here too. I am trying to see my dog as an individual who may or may not have the tendencies of her dominant breed. I am also trying to remember that she is still a VERY young dog and some of her "naughty dog" behaviors are likely to fade over time as she matures and especially grows out of her teen dog years and settles into being a pack member with me as the leader. For exercise she is getting a two-mile walk with a backpack in the morning. A shorter mid-day walk of 15-20 minutes. And then either a second longer walk in the afternoon/evening or a romp at the dog park. She also goes to Doggy Daycare 1-2 days a week. For mental exercise, we just finished basic obedience and I plan on taking her to level 2 after finishing up with the 1-on-1 trainer for loose-leash walking. She also gets stuffed Kongs that she loves. I have tried introducing a Buster Cube to her, as well as a Busy Buddy Biscuit Basket, and a Busy Buddy Bristle Bone. She LOVES kongs, and she LOVES the Bristle Bone, but she has shown limited interest in the Buster Cube and the Biscuit Basket. I know mental and physical exercise are important for dogs, and I know each dog is different. Does this seem like enough? I know one of the signs of a bored dog is destruction, and I have lost one chair to her in the three months. Would you think that was boredom or age? I started crate training her after losing the chair...does anyone else out there crate their dogs (she is only crated for 4-6 hours a day max)? Thanks for reading this long post! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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