Learning the Ways
When a new animal joins your family, you often wonder how the pack dynamic will change. Will they fit in? Will they be able to learn the ways of their new people.
In our home, we have 4 adults, 2 other dogs, and a handful of outdoor cats.
We quickly found out that she had no issues with adults or dogs. She does seem to think that the cats are here for her to chase. We are working on breaking her of the behavior. I am guessing this is one thing that will take a little time as we are asking her to overcome animal instincts. Also, frequently she is unsupervised when she is near the cats. I.e. going out side to go potty.
Another big question a new pet owner will face is, Does she do well with children? We answered that question when my granddaughter came to visit.
She has allowed my granddaughter to walk her on the leash outside, play chase, pick her up and carry her, play with her toys, and simply hold her in her lap. To answer the question, she does well with 6 year old girls.
Bebita took less then 3 days to learn her name once the internet named her. I am so grateful she did not end up Doggy McDog Face. My granddaughter still insists on calling her Biscuit.
Bebita has really coarse dry hair. I had purchased some Well and Good Deep Moisturizing Shampoo for Dogs. It is a Vanilla Butter Cream scent. The bottle states it renews dry, brittle coats, improves coat texture, shine and manageability.
The shampoo made her smell wonderful. It did make her coat softer. I am still hoping to find something that makes it actually look nicer. When I brush her, she looks nice for about 5 minutes. Then she shakes and all my work is gone.
Bart wants to shave her and not deal with her coat. I don’t view it as an option. Dogs can get sunburns. Her coat is light colored and I don’t think taking the little bit of protection she has away from her is a good idea. I have been working on brushing it frequently and trying new ideas. I am wondering what people use on wire haired dogs to make them soft and cuddly. Do they just let them look pathetic?
I am seeing so many changes in Bebita since we first got her. I didn’t think she was depressed when we got her, but so much of her body language has changed. She holds her tail up high a lot now. Also her facial expressions have become happier.
When we first got her, she wanted nothing to do with treats. WHAT???? Milk Bones are still a struggle for me. I think they are so important for added nutrition and to care for the dogs teeth. She has been crazy for Beggin Strips.
She has started working on her Red Barn Cheese and Bacon filled bone. Her first pig ear took a day or two to catch her interest. Then she ate almost all of it in one sitting. The Bichone Frise stole the remainder of the pig ear. We bought her a second one. This one she insists is on our bed, in our room, and daily she tries to bury it under blankets for protection from Charlie.
Another change I have enjoyed watching is her learning to play with toys. So far she has mastered chasing her ball but not bringing it back. Pawing at her pig to make it make noise. She has also played with her tug rope a few times.
Bebita is a very smart little girl. She has been with us for 3 weeks and 2 days now. Two weeks from Saturday she is supposed to go back to Petco for booster shots. They want us to wait until after that set to do her rabies shot. The thought is she is a small dog at 8 lbs and the shots are a lot for her size. I also need to find out if she is spayed or not. If she isn’t, I want to get that done sooner then later.
Overall, I would say that Bebita is quickly learning the ways of her family. She has fit in beautifully and I could not ask for a better dog.
Once her shots are complete, including rabies, I want to include her in some of our adventures. Bart and I love going to San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Yosemite National Park, etc. I want to show her the world. I know in Carmel, near Montery, there is a dog beach. I think it would be fun to take her there this summer as well.
I am hoping to do some basic obedience training with her. Bart watches a lot of Cesar and does a lot with her. She now stops to look for approval before acting sometimes. If Bart is around she will posture but not chase the cats. He has also taught her that in our bed she has to stay below mid chest level. (he doesn’t want her near his face in the night) I want to teach her to sit, heel, come, drop, lay down,shake, and so much more. Nothing extraordinary, just how to dog.