Single Working Pup Parent Posts

October 15, 2018 / Obedience Training

When it comes to obedience there are that there are six commands that I expect my dog to do without question. These are: Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Stand, and Heel. However, the training methodology that I use for basic obedience isn’t appropriate for a puppy and I have also been taught that if you cannot enforce a command, then you cannot use that word for formal training.

October 16, 2018 / Obedience Training

While Ayla was a wee tot, I did food-based training and kept our obedience commands limited. This didn’t stop me from starting to teach her tricks, but I kept it to the basics. I patiently waited for her to hit the 18 week mark so…

October 18, 2018 / Dog Life

As I did not intend to show Ayla in confirmation, I got her spayed just shy of seven months. I had been advised by my vet to do it at 6 months and I was told afterward that Ayla was pretty darn close to going…

October 22, 2018 / Crate Training

My house is on a slab. That is, there is no basement. Combine this with some 30-year-old windows, a pretty strong breeze coming out the bottom of the gas fireplace poorly installed into the wood fireplace, and a lack of insulation in the walls (evident…

November 27, 2018 / Dog Life

I remember visiting my parents with Ayla in tow and my mom saying something akin to, “Isn’t her sweater a little small? Are you going to get her one that actually fits her?” “She’ll get a new sweater when she stops growing,” I said. Ayla got her first sweater the first week in April. She wore that sweater until about October. In all fairness, it was a little small by that point.