I created this blog so new puppy owners could help each other out-

Right now- you might be asking yourself - "What have I gotten myself into?"   That cute animal I brought home is a terrorist!!!  Or boy - she's cute when she's sleeping!!!  We've all been there.  I'm still there with Dozer-lol   I was not kidding when I said the first year was rough- but it's sooooo much fun.   What you do this first year, forms your relationship with your dog.  You should be telling her you are the pack leader, believe it or not she's listening.   Biting, attacking, running around- are all normal play.  I'm hoping you will each post some things that you are experiencing- problems, & successes.  The dogs teach me something new every day-  be there to listen when you puppy talks to you.  No-They don't talk like we do (I haven't quite gone that nuts yet)  but  if you watch them they are telling you alot.   Be patient, kind & loving with them.  Kiss them all for me- I'm missing them and I was just kidding- can you bring them back now!!!!!!    Gail 

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  • Roxy Knopf

    Roxy Knopf

    Hello All, Who knew little Roxy blue could be so busy! The first two weeks were quite demanding but we seem to have settled into a routine. Our older dog, Rowan (jack russel) is becoming a better companion - of course when Roxy tries to herd her or nip at her backside, the response isnt always loving. We have learned that Roxy loves the cold so we all are walking around the house in slippers, socks and sweatshirts so she isnt panting - our electric bill should improve. The first week we tried to have Roxy sleep with us - bad idea, no sleep. We decided not to crate her and have a baby gate to the laundry room. The first few nights were touch and go but now Roxy doesnt mind going to bed at night (cold floor, room to move around and we just place some newspapers should she need to go. When we are at work, she stays in there, I am thinking of adding a suction cup bird feeder to the glass door for some entertainment. Fortunately our son gets home from school earlier and frees her. We look forward to when she can roam freely but we arent that brave yet :) Roxy loves to empty all of the water out of the dog bowel and then lay in it; she drags her food bowel from one room to the next and loves to hide the chewy dog bones, my husband found two in his shoe the other day. The best toy over the weekend was a box, she dragged it through the house, attacked it, shredded it, etc. - we were just so thankful she was occuppied! We found she likes the pork roll chewys the best - the bigger one's. I carry neosporin in my purse as my hands look like I was attacked by a feral cat - biting/niping is getting better, we just try to supply her with plenty of chewing options. We are glad to have those first few weeks under our belt and are becoming more relaxed. We laugh more and are constantly amazed by how busy she is when awake. Look forward to hearing how the other girls are doing and if you all have any tips - potty training? Would also love to know how feeding is going - 2x vs 3x, amount she is eating, etc. Regards, Kim

    Hello All,

    Who knew little Roxy blue could be so busy! The first two weeks were quite demanding but we seem to have settled into a routine. Our older dog, Rowan (jack russel) is becoming a better companion - of course when Roxy tries to herd her or nip at her backside, the response isnt always loving. We have learned that Roxy loves the cold so we all are walking around the house in slippers, socks and sweatshirts so she isnt panting - our electric bill should improve. The first week we tried to have Roxy sleep with us - bad idea, no sleep. We decided not to crate her and have a baby gate to the laundry room. The first few nights were touch and go but now Roxy doesnt mind going to bed at night (cold floor, room to move around and we just place some newspapers should she need to go. When we are at work, she stays in there, I am thinking of adding a suction cup bird feeder to the glass door for some entertainment. Fortunately our son gets home from school earlier and frees her. We look forward to when she can roam freely but we arent that brave yet smile Roxy loves to empty all of the water out of the dog bowel and then lay in it; she drags her food bowel from one room to the next and loves to hide the chewy dog bones, my husband found two in his shoe the other day. The best toy over the weekend was a box, she dragged it through the house, attacked it, shredded it, etc. - we were just so thankful she was occuppied! We found she likes the pork roll chewys the best - the bigger one's. I carry neosporin in my purse as my hands look like I was attacked by a feral cat - biting/niping is getting better, we just try to supply her with plenty of chewing options. We are glad to have those first few weeks under our belt and are becoming more relaxed. We laugh more and are constantly amazed by how busy she is when awake.

    Look forward to hearing how the other girls are doing and if you all have any tips - potty training? Would also love to know how feeding is going - 2x vs 3x, amount she is eating, etc.

    Regards, Kim

  • Gail

    Gail

    As she gets older that gate on the laundry room will look like an agility obstacle to her!!! Sounds like you are having fun, Gail

    As she gets older that gate on the laundry room will look like an agility obstacle to her!!!
    Sounds like you are having fun,
    Gail

  • Roxy

    Roxy

    Great entertainment also includes ice cubes, Easton has been throwing cubes of ice on the kitchen floor while doing homework - keeps Roxy busy and Easton loves any excuse to be distracted from homework..... Question - How much food are River and Chloe consuming? We are trying to get Roxy to 2x a day but she is ravenous when my son gets home a 3 - just curious how your schedules are going? Hope to hear from you all... I am new at this type of communication but I would like to know if you all experiencing the same joys and "oh boys". Do River and Chloe have other dogs or cats in the house? Today was a good day, maybe because Friday is tomorrow and we get to have more time to play with Roxy - Hope you all have a good weekend, Kim

    Great entertainment also includes ice cubes, Easton has been throwing cubes of ice on the kitchen floor while doing homework - keeps Roxy busy and Easton loves any excuse to be distracted from homework.....

    Question - How much food are River and Chloe consuming? We are trying to get Roxy to 2x a day but she is ravenous when my son gets home a 3 - just curious how your schedules are going?

    Hope to hear from you all... I am new at this type of communication but I would like to know if you all experiencing the same joys and "oh boys". Do River and Chloe have other dogs or cats in the house?

    Today was a good day, maybe because Friday is tomorrow and we get to have more time to play with Roxy - Hope you all have a good weekend, Kim

  • River

    River

    Kim, Our girl is River and what a busy girl she is! We had her in a crate the first couple of nights down stairs and the crying was not an issue because we didn't hear her which came as a surprise... the wet crate didn't surprise us. We've moved to the bedroom which I get up with her 5 nights a week and my teenage girls pull weekend duty. She's crate trained and even play pen trained. She has a distinctive bark when she needs to get out from the pay area but still has accidents when out and about the house. It's always our fault for not realizing how long she's been without a potty break. Our biggest mistake was giving her free roaming rights. Like you, toys and other items started going missing and Evelyn my wife found them behind the living room sofa. We immediately gated off the area and certainly limited the roaming she does. We're getting the hidden fence installed this coming week which will be of great benefit to all since she can run around when we have to attend to life outside River. We still haven't found the chew toy that she loves other than our hands and arms. It does get a bit trying getting nipped what seems like all the time but we know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Gail gave us some good tips on showing her who is boss, funny thing is she kind of expects what’s coming and behaves accordingly till punishment is over…… Sounds like one of my girls :) Feeding is 3 times a day at just under a cup per feeding. I don't know how often I’ll remember to check out the blog but my email is j_ullman@comast.net if you need to chat up any experiences. Enjoy the weekend John

    Kim,

    Our girl is River and what a busy girl she is! We had her in a crate the first couple of nights down stairs and the crying was not an issue because we didn't hear her which came as a surprise... the wet crate didn't surprise us. We've moved to the bedroom which I get up with her 5 nights a week and my teenage girls pull weekend duty. She's crate trained and even play pen trained. She has a distinctive bark when she needs to get out from the pay area but still has accidents when out and about the house. It's always our fault for not realizing how long she's been without a potty break.

    Our biggest mistake was giving her free roaming rights. Like you, toys and other items started going missing and Evelyn my wife found them behind the living room sofa. We immediately gated off the area and certainly limited the roaming she does. We're getting the hidden fence installed this coming week which will be of great benefit to all since she can run around when we have to attend to life outside River.

    We still haven't found the chew toy that she loves other than our hands and arms. It does get a bit trying getting nipped what seems like all the time but we know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Gail gave us some good tips on showing her who is boss, funny thing is she kind of expects what’s coming and behaves accordingly till punishment is over…… Sounds like one of my girls smile

    Feeding is 3 times a day at just under a cup per feeding.

    I don't know how often I’ll remember to check out the blog but my email is j_ullman@comast.net if you need to chat up any experiences.

    Enjoy the weekend John

  • River

    River

    We just found out River HATES oranges. Rather entertaining watching her run from us for a change.:)

    We just found out River HATES oranges. Rather entertaining watching her run from us for a change.smile

  • Roxy

    Roxy

    Oranges, interesting. Roxy enjoys hanging in the kitchen during dinner preparations, I gave her carrots which she enjoyed shredding then I read they can't digest them well; there goes that entertainment idea. She does like apple pieces which seem to be okay as long as there are no seeds. She visited the vet to get booster shots and worming; she certainly drew a lot of attention. She has a coat like a husky so she is quite charming. we definately will work on socializing her more, she seems to want to bond mostly with us and looks to us for clues if others we introduce her to are okay. We do chuckle at how she greets us in the morning or if we have been apart, not sure which end of her's is coming first. it's like a big U shaped body. She finally surpassed our jack Russell in size and that relationship is better ( e.g. Rowan more tolerant and accepting and Roxy knowing when to acquiesce and when to "go for it " . I realize we all are in about week 4. What seemed overwelming a few weeks ago is our new normal and we are finding some comfortable routines. While this is all just logistics right now, I feel it wouldn't be fair to not share the joys of having Roxy too. To summarize, that face.... Do we need to say more, her joy to see us in the morning after a good night's rest; her sigh's; watching her tear up a good bowl of food; making a water bowl a splash fest; watching her inqusitiveness;.....To wrap up, we are thankful for Roxy's patience and tenacity as we learn to be more flexible and slow down to enjoy this time. With fond regards and wishing you all well. kim

    Oranges, interesting. Roxy enjoys hanging in the kitchen during dinner preparations, I gave her carrots which she enjoyed shredding then I read they can't digest them well; there goes that entertainment idea. She does like apple pieces which seem to be okay as long as there are no seeds. She visited the vet to get booster shots and worming; she certainly drew a lot of attention. She has a coat like a husky so she is quite charming. we definately will work on socializing her more, she seems to want to bond mostly with us and looks to us for clues if others we introduce her to are okay. We do chuckle at how she greets us in the morning or if we have been apart, not sure which end of her's is coming first. it's like a big U shaped body. She finally surpassed our jack Russell in size and that relationship is better ( e.g. Rowan more tolerant and accepting and Roxy knowing when to acquiesce and when to "go for it " . I realize we all are in about week 4. What seemed overwelming a few weeks ago is our new normal and we are finding some comfortable routines. While this is all just logistics right now, I feel it wouldn't be fair to not share the joys of having Roxy too. To summarize, that face.... Do we need to say more, her joy to see us in the morning after a good night's rest; her sigh's; watching her tear up a good bowl of food; making a water bowl a splash fest; watching her inqusitiveness;.....To wrap up, we are thankful for Roxy's patience and tenacity as we learn to be more flexible and slow down to enjoy this time. With fond regards and wishing you all well. kim

  • Roxy

    Roxy

    Hi Everyone, how are you all doing? We were lucky to have met a neighbor that. Has a 3 year old shepherd - she is very cool and not an alpha female - Roxy and Rowan have been tearing up her yard and she love's it - better yet I got to meet people I wouldn't have met before. Hope you all are doing well. Kenny, Easton and I signed up for puppy classes and our Rowan (jack Russell) will join us. We look forward to learn how we can better communicate shared expectations. Roxy is about 25 lbs;. She hugs with paws in the am and any greeting; she is very smart - maybe too smart for us; anywho we love her and the work that comes with loving her shows itself everyday, Hope you all are doing well too, with regards kim

    Hi Everyone, how are you all doing? We were lucky to have met a neighbor that. Has a 3 year old shepherd - she is very cool and not an alpha female - Roxy and Rowan have been tearing up her yard and she love's it - better yet I got to meet people I wouldn't have met before. Hope you all are doing well. Kenny, Easton and I signed up for puppy classes and our Rowan (jack Russell) will join us. We look forward to learn how we can better communicate shared expectations. Roxy is about 25 lbs;. She hugs with paws in the am and any greeting; she is very smart - maybe too smart for us; anywho we love her and the work that comes with loving her shows itself everyday, Hope you all are doing well too, with regards kim

  • Gail

    Gail

    Hi Puppy Owners- I'm getting in a 7 year old blue merle male- that needs a forever home. Owners are now in a nursing home. Caregiver was going to put him to sleep. I know nothing about him- will give you more details. I'm getting him in the next few days. Gail

    Hi Puppy Owners-
    I'm getting in a 7 year old blue merle male- that needs a forever home. Owners are now in a nursing home. Caregiver was going to put him to sleep. I know nothing about him- will give you more details. I'm getting him in the next few days.
    Gail

  • Kim Sprenger

    Kim Sprenger

    We are very excited for our next puppy-Olive will be a great big sister-She is starting her 3rd obedience class at the end of the month-She has had a long year, Matt and Victoria both went away to college this year :( She misses them terribly, and now she is my shadow! Everyone will be home soon, can't wait. She is still a little wary of new people but that's ok. Everyone who meets her says the has the most beautiful face and the softest fur! Gail should stop teasing me about her 7 year old male that needs a home, so tempting...Olive at just about 21 months old and is not a big eater, she just is in no hurry. Maybe a new puppy will help her eating habits

    We are very excited for our next puppy-Olive will be a great big sister-She is starting her 3rd obedience class at the end of the month-She has had a long year, Matt and Victoria both went away to college this year frown She misses them terribly, and now she is my shadow! Everyone will be home soon, can't wait. She is still a little wary of new people but that's ok. Everyone who meets her says the has the most beautiful face and the softest fur! Gail should stop teasing me about her 7 year old male that needs a home, so tempting...Olive at just about 21 months old and is not a big eater, she just is in no hurry. Maybe a new puppy will help her eating habits

  • Roxy

    Roxy Riva, MD

    Hello All, We have Roxy from Gail and Chris' last litter. I am thankful that we are at almost seven months. She is the most incredible family member. While having Roxy was quite an adjustment, our daily routine has introduced us to a neighborhood and community that was always there but having such a cool ambasssdor opened doors we may not have known before. Our family life has been approved because of Roxy; She is the most endearing, loving and protective companion . My 13 year old son is smitten.

    Hello All,

    We have Roxy from Gail and Chris' last litter. I am thankful that we are at almost seven months. She is the most incredible family member. While having Roxy was quite an adjustment, our daily routine has introduced us to a neighborhood and community that was always there but having such a cool ambasssdor opened doors we may not have known before. Our family life has been approved because of Roxy; She is the most endearing, loving and protective companion . My 13 year old son is smitten.

  • Roxy

    Roxy Riva Md

    Roxy is a year older and so are we, just wanted to share that we are having so much snow and Roxy loves soccer balls, she drops and can't wait until the next kick - the problem is that she anticipates my kicks; the upshot, learning to be a soccer player at 45 - not graceful at all. After having ROXY for this past year, we would recommend an Aussie, they are so loving, athletic, and smart - We love her protectiveness; she guards everyone we accept but it is a challenge if we are in open fields or loose hanging around the house she wants to protect. Fortunately most know Roxy so it's more of a biscuit run for her but I look forward to her maturity - maybe mine too. Cudos to Chris and Gail - she is an amazing girl and as much as I struggled this past year having a puppy, we are so thankful ...

    Roxy is a year older and so are we, just wanted to share that we are having so much snow and Roxy loves soccer balls, she drops and can't wait until the next kick - the problem is that she anticipates my kicks; the upshot, learning to be a soccer player at 45 - not graceful at all. After having ROXY for this past year, we would recommend an Aussie, they are so loving, athletic, and smart - We love her protectiveness; she guards everyone we accept but it is a challenge if we are in open fields or loose hanging around the house she wants to protect. Fortunately most know Roxy so it's more of a biscuit run for her but I look forward to her maturity - maybe mine too. Cudos to Chris and Gail - she is an amazing girl and as much as I struggled this past year having a puppy, we are so thankful ...

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