Our dog ella chilling with our friend's little girl:
just added this guy to the family. So far, his name is "Chief", in honor of Jamaal Charles, which should be a surprise to no one. But I'm open for ideas.
Last edited by Derka Derka; 05-27-2011 at 11:24 PM.
Chief is solid!
When i moved to Texas a few years ago, i left my dog pictured above at home with my family since we he was getting up there in years (vet advised not to move him). I just got a call last week from my family saying he is really sick and they are putting him to sleep. He had a tough start in life- I had rescued him from an abusive home (he had brain and nerve damage) but at least i know his golden years were in peaceful loving home. I just wish i could have spent the last few years with him
Looks like a boxer. Great dogs. Good luck teaching him not to jump all over people. Ignore the next part if you're uninterested in unsolicited advice, but I'm kinda drunk and I'm sitting here on the couch with my 2 year old boxer, and now I'm thinking about when he was a puppy, so.. yeah.
Make sure you get the dude socialized. Be careful about it till he's had all of his shots at around 6 months or so, but get him around dogs and strange things, like... people wearing hats, sunglasses, carrying umbrellas, etc. Teach him bite inhibition - this can be important - basically the idea is to teach him to have a soft mouth and not put his mouth on people. Whenever he bites you or nips you too hard, you kinda yelp to an exaggerated degree and then ignore him for a bit. This teaches him the lesson that when he uses his mouth inappropriately, it causes his play buddy pain and leads to him being ignored. I highly recommend crate training at that stage of puppydom - if he can't do bad things, he doesn't learn to enjoy doing bad things as a pup. He doesn't get addicted to chewing shoes to alleviate his separation anxiety, he doesn't learn that knocking over the trash can can be fun, he won't $#@! in his crate (unless you leave him in there for way too long) and the number one thing for housetraining is to just prevent him from $#@!ting or pissing in the house. Rubbing his nose in it 5 minutes later won't do $#@!, you just need to keep him from doing it inside by taking preventative action, a major one of which can be crate training. Start training him simple $#@! now, it's cool to get him to understand "sit" (you should incorporate a consistent hand movement with the verbal cue) but the bigger lesson at that age is that he learns how to be taught $#@!. Boxers are quick, I taught mine to sit using one slice of swiss cheese as the positive reinforcement (don't do negative reinforcement, both as principal and because it works particularly poorly with boxers).
Anyways, sorry if you didn't want any of that advice, but I'm all $#@!ing nostalgic for when my guy was little right now, and Chief looks like a champ. Hell, PM me if you ever wanna set up a play date, I'm in northish Austin with a friendly boxer.
Here's a vid of Kevin when he was little and had just learned to flop around on his back when I say "crucio". I realize the place is a mess, the camera is off a bit, and I sound like a goober in this vid (and teaching my dog a Harry Potter related trick probably builds more of a case against me), but whateva.
good lookin' dog there derka. leave those ears!
here's my buddy sarge who lived here for a year or so. he could be a bit of a whiner, but overall he was a great guy to have around.
Here was my latest houseguest. I would call her a foster but she was only here 2 days.
She was one of over 150 dogs seized from that bat$#@! crazy hoarding couple in Bastrop this week. The progress she made in learning how to behave like a dog over just 2 days in a home was awesome. I just took her back to the shelter this morning because they are having a gigantic adoption event today involving a lot of these little guys.
Stripey dog passed the $#@! out.
Red dog getting stripey this morning.
Thanks for the compliments and advice guys! Chief is getting along pretty well with all of the neighborhood dogs, including the neighbor's boxer, so he's gonna have plenty of friends to play with. Loved it today when he was playing with my buddy's boxer, and his Boston terrier came up and started a little mini fight with Chief (his BT always bites other dogs), and even though he's only a few months old, Chief came back right back at him, and made him chill out. I was glad that he wasnt a little scaredy cat, even at such a young age.
Here is chief, chilling with the aforementioned Bailey:
Bailey, chillin in the cool grass.
"get up off me and my chew toy, son"
maybe my favorite pic:
they met each other last night. This is why I dont understand cat people. This is why dogs are so awesome. These two have known each other for 24 hours:
You are doing the right thing with your new mutt derka. If you are keeping him to yourself he's going to do wonders for some of your issues you have documented here. From exercise to forcing you to behave properly because you have a pup to support. That's what mine did for me anyway. Good luck with your new addition.
after getting his balls chopped off:
no. no no no no NO NO NO NO NO. not here.
drooly monster will drool you all
Last edited by wix; 06-16-2011 at 03:47 AM.
thats the most artistic photo of a dog drooling that Ive ever seen.
Going back to our happy place:
"Dammit, will that damn ball ever float over here?"
"Juuuuuuuuust a little bit closer."
my friend Ian was PASSED OUT early this morning, and Chief was all hyper because he knew it was breakfast time, so we let Chief face rape Ian. Video evidence:
great looking dog, derka!
might I offer some potty-training advice that worked wonders for my Maggie. Attach a bell to a rubber band and hang it on the doorknob of the door that you take Chief out to potty. Every time you take him out, ring the bell and say "potty". Pretty soon, he'll go ring the door himself (you might have to attach it to a couple rubber bands so it's long enough) when he needs to potty.
Whenever we go to someone else's house with Maggie, we take the bell and show her where it is so she always knows where to go.
I considered teaching Lola (the drool monster) this trick, but that was quickly quashed when I realized she would start ringing it just to $#@! with me so she could go outside and $#@! around.
Yup...sounds like a nice way to train humans, rather than canines.
I keep the leash on a closet doorknob next to the front door. Never did the bell training thing, but Kevin just figured out that going over there and $#@!ing with the leash was a good way to get out. He doesn't really bluff any more, but there was a period when he would just walk over to the door, knock the leash off the doorknob, and then just look at me like "Alright human, your move."
Derk - cute puppy. I love boxer puppies. Housetraining is all about preventing accidents from happening. Recognizing when the dog is about to go and then getting him outside (or just taking him out frequently enough that he just doesn't go inside). One thing people do when they have trouble with this is tether the dog to them, so that the dog doesn't get too far out of sight and you're more likely to notice when it's go time.
He'll catch on eventually.
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