Betty is 6 months old! oh dear!

November 3, 2010

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Betty was 6 months on the 20th of October, it is around this time that puppies move into a new developmental period and it seems Betty has with a bump! It seems almost over night that she has gone from cute and mischievous to a hooligan! More confidence has arrived creating a whole new ball game! All puppies come to this phase, I don’t know why I should be surprised and I had intended to write a blog on this as she hit this age, to warn you all of what was to come:) for me and any of you with pups of the same age.

Betty is braver on walks, her new confidence means that she goes further from me. On days when I am busy and she has less work, she is a little demon, ripping up anything I mistakenly leave lying around:)! Today she hit an all time low, she started having a real “go” at her Daddy Pie, telling him off for going in her crate to take a chew, Pie, bless him, was taking no notice of her!! Betty sounded really aggressive, really horrible, I was soon in the kitchen and hurled a box of tissues at her as well as growling fiercely at her! I could see the look of “oops” followed quickly by concern and she dropped on to her tummy and submitted, and quite rightly! I will not tolerate any anti social behaviour from one of my dogs, and this was the first time Betty has had or needed a real scolding. I was pleased to see her concern at my reaction, at least the terrible age she is at doesn’t also mean that she has no respect for me!

The day did not improve, her toilet training then went out of the window! I am the first to admit if I have been slow to get Betty out to the toilet or if I have been sloppy in making sure she has been. I caught her pooping indoors! Yes, time to be told off for that too! I shooed her outdoors, showing her I was not happy with my tone of voice and serious face. I had a very different puppy for the rest of the evening, a much nicer one:).

Most of my regular readers know that I do not use telling off as a training method, and in fact rarely scold my dogs, but there is a time and place for doing so and the day was right for Betty! Hopefully it will be some time before I have to scold her again!

I wanted to tell you all about it as I know there are several readers of the blog with pups of the same age, we all have a challenging month or two ahead! It is around 6/8 months that our little darlings turn into little hooligans, it feels like they have forgotten all  the work of the early weeks. Well they haven’t they just need to learn in a new way at this developmental stage, it can mean going back to the beginning on some exercises, or finding ways of making the exercise simpler so that they can be right again. Being sure not to get into the habit of telling them off too much or this is when the relationship can be spoilt! Managing the puppies time is helpful to avoid trouble, use of the crate to prevent mischief is helpful at times.

With the dark evenings with us now, I will be putting up some ideas for indoor training and amusement for puppies this winter, I am hoping we can share ideas:) so get thinking please? Either mail to me or you can post on the appropriate blog later in the week.

The slide show of Betty and Pie, notice the tea towel Betty is lying on:) stolen, but looking innocent again:)! I tried to catch Pie doing his face trick, not very well but looking cute!


2 Responses to “Betty is 6 months old! oh dear!”

  1. Phil Says:

    Happy birthday Betty!

    Interesting take on the six month developmental stage. Sorry to hear Betty has become a hooligan – not sure we have noticed with Scruff as he has turned 6 months as he has always been a bit of a hooligan! We might be able about to get some big shocks but so far if anything Scruffs seems to be getting more confident but also more well behaved.

    On the hooligan theme this week in a brief moment he managed to get into our living room which is usually out of bounds for him and zoomed in on a sewing box. It was only a couple of minutes at most but by the time we found him the contents were all over the place and some thread cards with needles on were chewed. It looked like he could well have swallowed needles. On the plus side though he was great at the vets. Sitting politely on the scales to be weighed (good use of sit stay!) and then when we left him (first time alone without us) he was no trouble at all apparently with him even managing to lie down for a full body xray with no sedatives or anasthetic. Anyway fortunately he hadn’t been silly enough to swallow a needle although it seems plenty of dogs do which is something I didn’t know and it can very easily be fatal.

    Back in everyday life I have noticed a big change on our regular walks. In the last month or two he has become quite good off lead in the fields and footpaths behind the house. Very hard to lose him and seldom strays far from us. Last weekend however he was running all over the place chasing birds and when he spotted other dogs but to his credit if I called him and just carried on walking he came right back. Managed to go the whole walk without the lead even with other dogs around which would have been inconceivable a month ago. So hopefully he is growing up helped in no small part by wondeful training classes of course!

    • Avril Munson Says:

      Maybe it is that you have worked harder than me Phil:) !!

      Seems he has suicidal tendencies though, what with the chocolate the other week! So glad he behaved well at the Vets though, that is so important!

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