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Old 01-19-2007, 07:09 PM
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Hello,

I've been out of touch for awhile - the Holidays were crazy and we bought a Chimney Sweep business in December, so, needless to say, things are just settling down a little.

Colt is now 7 months old and doing great. We finished Puppy Training Classes and plan to move into intermediate in the spring. Here are a couple of pictures -



(Our thanks to SummerRiot for all the help with the ear tipping. I think they look great and we get a lot of compliments!!)

Colt has learned many things using both verbal and sign language - sit, down, roll over, paw, stay (not for long), release, come (sometimes) and he is COMPLETELY house trained (his best and most easily learned accomplishment). We still have trouble with greetings and jumping. He still gets REALLY wound up sometimes but usually if we are calm, he is. Oh, he also goes into his crate in his own although sometimes he needs coaxing but we never have to PUT him in. As promised from so many of you - all the worrisome puppy behaviors have just about vanished - so hang in there new puppy owners - it really does get better!!!

Colt is still quite small for a Collie - I don't know why as Mom and Dad were average size. He is very healthy though and we have him on Canidae so I do not think it is a nutrition issue. I do wish he would get bigger though....His hair is growing and I think it is clear he is a rough collie.

Colt has one issue that I still need help with - CHEWING!!

He will chew if left alone, and it is usually something valuable - like my Pottery Barn Rug or the molding on the wall. He does this even if I go upstairs for something and leave him down and don't crate him. I still have to crate him if I leave the area for a short amount of time. We ALWAYS crate him when we leave the house (for our sake and his). I realize that this is normal but I would like some suggestions on BONES for him. He doesn't really like toys for anxiety chewing (only for play). He needs a BONE and a BIG one as he is a GREAT chewer!! He can chew up a Ziggy or a Greenie before I even walk away!! He likes rawhide but I have been told to stay away from it as it is very unhealthy and dangerous. Any suggestions from the peanut gallery would be welcomed......

THANKS!!
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:17 PM
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Gorgeous pics!

I use raw meaty bones or knuckle bones for my dogs.

BUT dr2little just got me some great toys that help keep my pups busy. I forget what they are called but I'm sure you've seen them. I'll find a pic.

Ok I can't find one. I'll ask doc. There are also kongs which are excellent. Fill them with peanut butter and freeze them and it will keep them busy for hours!
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:19 PM
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I'm so dumb. I have pictures of MY OWN dogs using them lol

Here's the selection



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anyway the treats go inside. Depending on the dog and the treats it keeps them busy for a long time.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:26 PM
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Chewing at that age is completley normal. You need to keep distracting with what you WANT him to chew on, and if you can't be there, then you need to crate him with items that are allowed. It takes time. It is a big discrimination for a puppy to make.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:35 PM
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I completely agree with the above (Saje and Novel). Puppy proofing is vital at this age as is providing appropriate chew items and confining when you can't supervise. Stuffables (interactive toys - JWPETS has some great ones and are the ones that Saje posted ) are my favorite because they can last a very long time if stuffed with a little creativity and are very safe.

If you do use bones, be sure that they are raw, not smoked and are appropriate size. You also need to supervise initially so that you can be sure that they're a good choice for Colt (not every dog is fine with bones).

Supervising really does mean watching him at all times so that he can't get himself into trouble. You can also try tethering him to you when you can't keep your eyes on him if you don't want to crate for certain periods of time.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:43 PM
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Thanks for all of your suggestions.

I think I will try the treat ball again. He had a small one when he was a younger pup but he needs a larger one now. Colt can empty a Kong in 30 seconds although I never thought to FREEZE the stuffing??!!

Where do you get a raw bone?

I could tether, but being a Collie, Colt is a pacer. He gets really frustrated if he can not keep checking everyones whereabouts. Sometimes I do bring him up to my office and just shut all of the doors so he can't get in the kids rooms. If he does, he will chew up their stuff. Right now I am upstairs but he sleeps now and is out cold on the sofa!!

We definitely puppy proofed - and so well that he will chew the wall or carpet if you're not looking. I don't yell at him even though I want to through a tantrum on the floor, after all, it is MY fault for not supervising or crating, I just want to give him an awesome alternative to go to first if he needs to chew or is just anxious.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:46 PM
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My puppy is really funny with Kongs. And food in general. If there is food involved she'll do whatever she has to to get it out. With kongs she sticks her nose right into them and with Maverick's big kong she gets peanut butter on her face up to her eyes. It doesn't take her long to finish either. But freezing! Now that makes it last Definitely worth trying.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:48 PM
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Thanks for all of your suggestions.

I think I will try the treat ball again. He had a small one when he was a younger pup but he needs a larger one now. Colt can empty a Kong in 30 seconds although I never thought to FREEZE the stuffing??!!

Where do you get a raw bone?

I could tether, but being a Collie, Colt is a pacer. He gets really frustrated if he can not keep checking everyones whereabouts. Sometimes I do bring him up to my office and just shut all of the doors so he can't get in the kids rooms. If he does, he will chew up their stuff. Right now I am upstairs but he sleeps now and is out cold on the sofa!!

We definitely puppy proofed - and so well that he will chew the wall or carpet if you're not looking. I don't yell at him even though I want to through a tantrum on the floor, after all, it is MY fault for not supervising or crating, I just want to give him an awesome alternative to go to first if he needs to chew or is just anxious.

Freezing a paste made of smashed up dog cookies (using water and the microwave to make a mush), maybe an added smidgen of peanut butter or cheese whiz, grated carrot. Pop it in a zip lock an stick it in the freezer overnight...should last more than a few minutes.

You can get raw bones from a pet food store that sells raw or even from the butcher or meat department at you local grocer.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:55 PM
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WOW - that sounds great - I'm going to go make it now and I'll check with on the raw bones...

THANKS!
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How much does Colt weigh now?
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