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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Encouragement for new V owners -- less than 5 months!

Imagine my surprise when we brought home our 11 week pup and he was crazy - shark attacks, biting, nipping, jumping... we had our ups and downs and some serious moments of "what have we done..." but Wilson is just shy of 5 months and is a total love bug and the best boy! Something clicked in the last 2 weeks or so and he just "gets" it. Whether or not he's able to always do what we want him to do or expect of him, he at least can now be calmed down, can be snapped out of his crazy fits, and most importantly, he's truly molded himself into our family and our hearts. I love this crazy dog more than I could have imagined loving a dog. Even my husband who has had many dogs loves Wilson -- like no dog he's ever known or been around (first time V owners).

So, to all the newest puppy owners, the first few months are tough and I am sure we have our trials to come, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 09:24 PM
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Thank you for this post my boy is 12 and 1/2 weeks and shark attacks and zoomies are driving me nuts. But, posts like this reassure me everyday that the hard work will pay off.
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Great stuff. Now just you remember this post when your pup turns about 13-14 months and again at 3 years!!!

@gabril1- Oh, how can you say that. I love the zoomies. I get all excited when Astro now 2 or Zsa Zsa almost 3 gets a case of the zoomies. I miss them. It's normally a sign they are about to crash out.

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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Ozkar - oh, I know we'll have our good moments and our bad. We have a 4 year old human child too, so we are definitely familiar with the ups and downs! It's important to celebrate and enjoy the ups, though.

Gabril1 - the zoomies really drove me nuts too, especially because they always happened after a long, rather chilly walk after which I am too numb to feel my fingers. It truly gets better. Our pup sleeps in his kennel at night and has since we brought him home - I almost invited him to our room tonight for bed, but my husband reminded me that it is a slippery slope that once we start going down, we will probably never return!
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The Zoomies will not stop... I learned to get out of the way and be guey, guey quiet
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Thanks for this.

It's the nipping/biting/shark attacks that are getting to me. Looking at him makes my hands hurt. I've lost perspective over the last few days that anything is ever going to change. It's good to be reminded that as he grows up and we stay consistent with training the scrapes and bites will heal .
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Főnix, get some cheap, soft leather pigskin work gloves from the hardware store and let the dog bite on that. Just make sure you treat the gloves like your own skin and yelp every time... that way they learn fast and keep your fingers safe.
I got a cut just by touching the upper canine once.

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Fonix... My husbands hands were all torn up from the shark attacks and I have multiple shirts with holes. My husband and I finally settled on just kenneling Wilson when things got out of hand and he refused to stop. We remove him from the negative activity for 5 minutes until he settles then try again

He has had one or two shark attack incidents in the last two weeks and each time we say kennel, he gets down low and mopes at us. He doesn't want play time to stop so he stops the negative activity himself! Good luck, it is hard, I know. But you have to start each encounter off afresh and keep at it
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mlwindc: We started letting Watson into the bed when he was about five months old - some nights for an hour of cuddle time, or movie watching, and even the entire night some nights. At seven months, he's still more than happy to go into his crate to sleep, and sometimes even in the middle of the night if he's being too much of a bed hog. We too thought we'd never let him in the bed - but it's just way too cozy not to!
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