CalamityJess Posted October 8, 2014 Report Share Posted October 8, 2014 So Brody is 12 weeks, almost 13. We've got housetraining handled. Crate training is mastered. He's a pretty easy going little guy. Not a big ball drive, not crazy hyper or anything. He has a good handle on "no", "sit", "pee" (I don't know how I did THAT but he pees when told). I know before he can even consider the dog park I need him to have a dependable recall, so I'll be researching that next. But the big thing for a BC (X) and any other intelligent breed is "give them a job". Now, here's where the story gets long. I also have an almost 4 year old Boykin Spaniel mix. We adopted her when she was around 2 years old, and she came with heartworm. She was a typical hyper high energy spaniel at the time. Heavy fetch drive, lots of bounce and always wanting to play. Then came the heartworm treatment. If anyone's dealt with this, you know they have the first immiticide shot, then have to be kept calm for 30 days. No fetch, no bouncing, no typical spaniel behavior. Then comes two more shots and another 30 days of this. In preparation for this, we did teach her she couldn't demand play, and could only play when invited. After the 60 days were up, she took this to mean she could never be hyper and bouncy and playful. At the time we had a 9 year old malamute/Shepard mix named Shadow that was the biggest couch potato you've ever met. At first she was always after him to play with her. But post-treatment she adopted his lay about mentality. She started acting like a senior. When Shadow passed away last month. we adopted Brody...the day after. We couldnt stand the empty spot Shadow had left behind (big empty spot, he weighed 100 pounds!). We opted for a puppy this time, and the shelter we got Mocha from had this litter of BC mixes. We figured a puppy would first of all not come with any pre-existing behavior problems due to neglect, abuse, etc. We could raise him to be the kind of dog we wanted, and having a puppy would be good for Mocha, who was 4 going on 40. He immediately and without hesitation bonded with her. After a couple days it was mutual, and he has made it his mission to get her playing every chance he gets. And he's good at it! He really gets her going, and even her fetch drive is returning. So, long story for a short question. As long as he bonds as well with us, which I believe he is, is "be Mocha's playmate" a good enough job for him? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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