More about our Adventure
~ Part ThreeUps and Downs
We had some trouble early on with puppy biting. When I tried to correct Loki he would get angry, which worried me. I’ve since used your advice, Shela—a good screech stops him in his tracks! Since then, I’ve screeched and redirected him to something he’s allowed to chew on, and I haven’t had many issues this past week. I’m keeping Cliff’s trick in reserve in case we have more serious difficulties in the future, but for now, we’re on a good, positive track. Though Loki did well with the crate the first couple of weeks, he’s become more vocal this past week and I’ve temporarily revoked his office privileges (his crate is now in an area where his complaints won’t bother anyone). I imagine his increasing energy levels have something to do with it, so I’m making sure he gets more exercise, and he still gets some nice breaks from his crate throughout the day. I’m hoping this is just a phase, and that he learns that fussing won’t get him out of his crate (I’m also doing work to make sure that his crate is a positive place for him—he just objects to not being the center of attention, I think!).
We had a nice visit with the vet for Loki’s 9-week shot. She was impressed with the detailed portfolio you sent and is supportive of the vaccine protocol. She is also happy that I’m feeding the Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Chow with the NuVet supplement. Good news—one of Loki’s testes has descended, and the other was in a good position, so I think we’re going to be just fine on that account. She is also an advocate of neutering closer to the 6-month mark rather than to wait longer.
Loki and I are getting along quite nicely. He’s already my little adventure buddy, and he’s always up for snuggle time at the end of the day. I love this little guy—he is so intelligent and energetic. Though I wrote a fair amount about training, to Loki it’s all fun and games, and I intend to keep it that way. Thank you for all your help in selecting Loki. We’ll be sure to keep you updated!
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Thanks, Erica, for providing so much information about your process and Loki. The photos were outstanding, too! We look forward to hearing from you in the future. Keep up the great work.
Happy six month birthday to our Beorn! (It’s a little early, but the 26th is coming up fast).
He is a family member!
I am very excited to give you an update about Beorn and his place in our family. He is growing fast, like always. He is weighing in now at 48.5 lbs. Big boy!
Puppy Bites are not fun!
We lived through the puppy nipping and got wise and started wearing gloves when we were training him. He now only mouths us in a very gentle way.
We all were on the same page with our training program!
The Don Sullivan collar and training video helped us manage this behavior while Beorn was young, so I think it saved us all. The other very helpful thing we did was to include the whole family (except the cats that is) in the training process. Beorn listens to commands from both the kids now too (11 and 4).
Our 20lb male cat is still the dominate pet in the house. He tells Beorn when he gets to close, but they get along ok. Our younger female cat and Beorn are great friends. They play hide-n-seek, all in good fun. They even snuggle together. He has never shown aggression to our cats, which is a relief.
Beorn is developing into a Running Companion — appropriate distances for his age of course!
We are busy and on the go and he seems to be adjusting to our schedule. Alex is at home during the day and I’m home on the weekends. He does not spend to much time alone honestly, but we do use the crate daily. Most importantly we use the crate at our family meal times and when we are not at home to watch over the pup.
Beorn travels and adapts well to each adventure!
Beorn will be neutered in March as he is showing he is ready for this. We have an excellent vet and are a little nervous about the surgery, but we know all will go well.
I guess a lot has happened since our last message. I’ve included some of our favorite pictures. We are so thankful for Beorn and our chance to be his family. He has changed our lives in so many ways, we are very happy. Thank you a thousand times!