Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Cards

I just made an appointment to get Copley's picture taken for our holiday cards.  We decided not to have the puppy in them this year because this is a super cheap in-mall photo studio who only does pets once a week.  I do not think they will have the expertise/patience/time to get a good shot of them both.

They have props, but we have to provide the outfits.  I took some great photos of Copley in 3 different hats I got from target for under $10 total.  Please let me know what outfit you all think would be the cutest.  You have to use your imagination because they still have really long drawstrings that need cut and one still has a tag (oops).  I also will be getting a red collar or something to go with whatever outfit we choose. 

We have to choose from (as modeled by a recently woken up dog)-
Holiday Ruffle
Winter hat and scarf

Santa-type hat

House Training

Kerrigan is doing great!  I thought I would post an update on everything she has learned in the months we have had her but then I went on a rant about potty training so I guess I will be making this into two posts.

She is 99% potty trained.  I really don't get why people think potty training a puppy is so hard (ok I do get it but it has way more to do with the stupidity and laziness of humans than the inability of their dogs to learn).  It really was not difficult at all.  Only thing it required was consistency and near constant supervision when she was out and allowed to run around.  When we could not watch her we kept her in a playpen, when she was out we made sure to take her to pee every hour or so.  When she went outside she got a treat, if we caught her going inside we said no and brought her outside really fast.  Once she started scratching at the door to go out we tried to wait until she asked before taking her out, gradually letting her go longer and longer before making her go outside in the hoes that she would ask first.  As of the last few weeks we have only had accidents when she asks to pee but we are not paying attention to the door.  She has such tiny paws and they make so little noise.  I was thinking of getting a bell but am worried Copley might REALLY enjoy ringing it.  Oh, and she also knows the command "Go Pee" and will squeeze out any pee she can, that's handy for when we are about to leave.

She also is we we pad trained.  That has been a big help with her as a puppy but not something I think I will continue into the future.  We did it because she can only hold it for a few hours and sometimes we have to leave for longer than that.  Right now she is doing good holding it for 4 hours during the day while we are gone, or 6 hours at night while she is asleep.  When we leave for 4 hours or less she is crated, more than 4 hours and we leave her with a pee pad in her pen.  When we first got her our limit was 2 hours, but she has been doing a lot of growing since then.

So in summary- housetraining is not rocket science.  There may be the occasional dog that is difficult to train and of course puppymill survivors (they are a whole different story) but other than that it is not hard.  I really have no patience for the many many people out there who have had dogs for a year and they still are not housetrained.  I blame 99% of that on laziness, ignorance and general stupidity.  For the 1% of you out there with dogs who really are genuinely having trouble with potty training despite your absolute best efforts, don't be offended, keep up the good work.

A woman I take agility class with told me that her boss would only hire people who had successfully housetrained a puppy, but unfortunately they can't ask people that in their interviews.  That is probably sound logic as housetraining is a simple task overall but requires the virtues of patience, persistence and control of rage even while sleep deprived.

I will leave you with a video of Kerri showing off.  You sill see she waits at the door until released then goes immediately to her potty spot when I tell her to.  I left out the actual peeing part, it seemed a little gross for the blog.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

One Dogs Bed is another Dogs... Bed

Continuining on with the theme of this post I have taken this picture. While Kerri is sleeping on Copley's toys, Copley has taken up residence in Kerrigans way too small bed.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Halloween- A few Days Late

Me and Copley decided to leave the puppy home with Ben and go out for a night on the town with some friends.  It was a Howl-O-Ween costume party.  Copley was a rapper and I was a tiger.

I love the last picture.  He is making such a great face and you can see his studded collar and hooddie so well!

We had a great time at the party, although Copley did get into a lady's drink.  That was fun.