Puppy Thread

jseyfert3

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Oct 20, 2017
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South-Central WI
At the insistence of @kimkats, who noticed him in some pool planning pictures of mine, here is a thread of pictures of our puppy.

Details: He is a Shiba Inu/Rat Terrier mix. Some question on the last half, but not the first half. He has very pronounced Shiba features. We picked him up from a litter of 5 on February 16th. He was born Dec 10th. The litter went fast, it was posted online on the 15th, there were three when I arrived, another family was there the same time I was and also got one of the puppies, and by the end of the day the last puppy had a home. We found him as my brother/sister-in-law have a Shiba Inu/Australian Shepard mix, and my wife and I babysat her for a week. My wife fell in love, and when my brother, who is looking for a Shiba to breed with their dog and so occasionally searches for Shiba's for sale, found these puppies and sent a link to us I was commanded by my wife to go get one of these puppies! So without further ado, here is our dog, Keeta:

Picking out a puppy. He is on the left here. Feb 16th (age 2 months)
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Stopped by Petsmart on the way home to get supplies for a dog.
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Playing the evening we came home.
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Exploring the snow, Feb 17th.
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Work buddy, daddy stayed home to take care of the puppy.
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Not much work was done that day.
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Jumping to March 24th, or about 3.5 months old. He's wondering why I'm home but not playing with him (work from home due to COVID).
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March 26th, sleeping next to me as I work.
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April 2nd. Our fruit trees arrived. He was so excited. He gets this way for all deliveries.
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Yesterday on our walk, wondering why I'm not walking.
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Yesterday after our walk.
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Yesterday after our walk, from my wife's perspective when she got home from work.
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He's quite goofy at times and has lots of energy. He can go on 2-4 mile walks and still have tons of energy. My wife and I love camping, he will love going on hikes with us. I'm sure he can do twice the hiking either of us will want to do. He's small (11.2 pounds right now) but check out those legs. He's made to walk and run. He'll get an introduction to camping as soon as the COVID lockdown is over.
 
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kimkats

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There he is!!! OH MY HE IS CUTE!!!!! OH SO CUTE!!!! He looks smart as well. Look at those eyes.........just shining with intelligence!!! He is growing fast! Man IS he a S.I!! I will take their work on the R.T. though......

How is the potty training going? I see him chewing on his toys......how is he doing about the NOT chewing on YOUR stuff?

Are you crating him? Have you heard him "bark" yet? I did the "bark" like that because they don't really bark. The noise they make is so neat!

THANKS for sharing him with us!!!

Kim:kim:
 

l1ltaral1l

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This is Leroy (L) and Lucy (R). Leroy passed away 3 years ago now at only age 7 due to cancer. It was awful! We still have Lucy who will be 12 in July, who is almost blind now. We have a dog boarding business where we watch dogs in our home family style, and foster for two breed rescues - so there are always extras here!

We also have Freckles, the chinchilla, and Noodle (no pic), the Leopard Gecko.

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Ha! Shelties are like potato chips...you can’t have only one.
Neemer, I just had to show you this link. This is the breeder of my 3 (had 3, but one passed away a few years back.) Always makes me laugh when she talks about her dogs, because I cant even get mine to come in the enclosure with me, much less near the pool. They want NOTHING to do with it.

 
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jseyfert3

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Oct 20, 2017
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South-Central WI
He is growing fast!
I know! I figure he's close to his full adult size now. He will be a small puppy. We took him on his first trail hike and he loved it, even when the steps were almost twice as tall as he was at times! He will be a great hiking companion.

He looks smart as well. Look at those eyes.........just shining with intelligence!!!
He is. The vet said we need to do games/training for him to keep him his mind occupied. She mentioned take some upside down flowerpots, put pepperoni under one. Ask him to find the pepperoni. Then add more jars, and another treat that smells completely different. Put that under a different pot, train him to find it. Expand the number of treats and pots slowly, and he should be able to pick out the treat you ask him to find.

She also recommended puzzle treat toys, and said we can train him to pick up his toys and put them away, and name his toys and teach him to get a specific toy.

How is the potty training going?
Like so:
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He scratched, then sat and waited for me to come take him out. I can't remember an accident at least a month. Maybe a month and a half. He never liked going in the house, usually I could tell he needed to go and took him out. I tried to teach him to scratch the glass, he ended up scratching the door/frame usually instead. But pretty quick after I started having him scratch he started scratching and didn't go in the house anymore. I need to get a bell for him to ring. I had wanted to but Petsmart didn't have one and I kept forgetting to order one online.

Of course like most dogs I know about that know how to tell you they need to go outside by scratching or ringing a bell, he also scratches to go out and just play now that the weather is getting nice.

I see him chewing on his toys......how is he doing about the NOT chewing on YOUR stuff?
Not too terrible, but not great. He's liberated a weight from one of the hanging blinds by the lower patio door because he likes to eat the bottom of them. He tries to chew on the bottom of some of the furniture, especially if there is loose fabric or foam. He likes to chew on one of the wood TV trays, on one of the wood stairs, and recently he started pulling up a specific spot on the stair carpet (the stairs have the only carpet in the house). And he LOVES to chew on any cardboard boxes we leave laying around.

Are you crating him?
Sort of. He has a crate he can go in (see edge of above picture), inside a pen. If we leave we put him in the pen with food/water and he can go in his crate if he likes, but we don't otherwise put him there. At night he sleeps in a closed crate by our bed, and if we travel in the car we put him in a crate on the back seat.

We also had a litter box in the pen if I had to go to work and my wife wasn't home. He was partially litter trained when we got him. He used the litter box pretty well, most of the times he didn't it appeared more he "missed" vs just not using the box. We didn't want that to become a habit though, especially if he ever works up the courage to go downstairs where the cat litter boxes are, so that was only out if we were gone a long time. Plan is to put in a doggy door once we get the fence up so he can go outside if we are at work.

Have you heard him "bark" yet? I did the "bark" like that because they don't really bark. The noise they make is so neat!
He does have a bark that sounds like a true bark, although he has a bark that sounds less harsh than most dog barks. The cutest thing is when he yawns he also makes this cute little noise at the same time.
 
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