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The Life Of A Dog
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So you just brought home a new puppy. What to do now? I can remember bringing home Suzie a black and white springer spanial.We found her at our local pet store. Suzie had some issues upon arriving home with us. The litter she came from all contracted parvo virus, an intentinal desease that can be very deadly for dogs. Not the best start to the life of a dog.

By the time we saw her she had been cured of this virus however we were asked not to bring her around other dogs as she was still an carrier and would be for at least 6 months. The good news with all this was that she was now amune to this illness and would never have it again.

The next thing we were faced with was house training. In doggie world the mother will teach thier litter not to mess the bed area. When a dog is placed in a cage in a pet store and their space is their bed area. They aren't taken out regularly to do thier business. So they are forced to mess their bed area.(This is a training challenge from the beginning) We managed to change her ways to enjoying going outside.

We wanted to crate train her.That ment a few nights with me lying beside the crate. ( usually falling asleep on the floor) We lived in the city and with little to no socialzing Suzie had become skiddish to everyone and everything.She never liked being on leash and would fight it bitterly.

At six months Suzie went into heat. This was the diaper period.Have you ever put a diaper on a very active puppy? I can tell you springers aren't called springers, for their ability to keep still.After the heat was over we did the responsible thing and got her spayed.She would never be a mother. Or would she. you got it. We soon found a companion for Suzie.A Westie named Maggie. This pup was only about 1.5 lbs. Suzie was of course nervous at first. Within a few minutes she was "gentle as could be" playing with Maggie.Maggie came from a responsible breeder and was well socalized. She brought with her much of the skills needed to teach Suzie many dog skills she couldn't learn from us.

We moved to an rural setting. Suzie came to life here. This tough little westie was a trooper. She would follow Suzie everwhere.We were so far away from human dangers that both aminals could run freely off leash.These two dogs are members of our family. What is the most amazing thing is they have learnt to accept human ways no matter how unnatural to them. But when we are outside with them their instinctive dog behaviors come to life.I have much to learn from them. Watch for more to come form the Life of a Dog. Please love, enjoy and treat your new puppy as one of your family members.


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