Popular Post Flatpick Posted February 27, 2016 Popular Post Share Posted February 27, 2016 Just thought I'd update you'all on our progress at being "parents"! Piper is up to about 10lbs and growing like a weed. Her right ear stood up weeks ago and her left a few days ago, now she has to grow into them! She is so smart and really keeps us laughing and challenged. She sits and waits for food, treats or to go through a door. She can shake with either paw and we are working on lying down. Coming when called is okay especially when we have a cookie. She learned "cookie" in about 1.5 secs and that has proven to be an ace in the hole for us. We will always keep her leashed outside. She is an amazing little retriever when we play and she has at least 2 doz toys, many of which are silly things. Some of her favorites are a plastic gallon milk jug that we play with in the barn that has a cement floor (slip & slide) and a 32 oz yogurt container that is hilarious. Anything that gives her a challenge wrestling and biting is really fun. Her coordination and quickness is astonishing. She loves outside, climbing up anything, biting everything and digging. It's a good thing we're not too picky about things in the yard. My brother lives next door and she absolutely goes crazy for him. He loves her too which is awesome. We've been to the beach once and on our Stand Up Paddleboards ( SUP) 4 times, she's doing great. Swimming is challenging because of her size and the water is really cold. She is all muscle and the first time she went in she didn't float very well, it was a bit of a struggle. We have a life jacket for her which fits better now that she is bigger. She will always be wearing it when we are on the water. Not much scares her as you all can probably surmise. So far the biggest challenges for us have been the biting which is getting better but wow (!) and learning the leash. She is either a tug boat or a drag barge. We had to get a harness because she pulled so hard it was choking her. We have a "no pull" harness coming, no idea if that will work. We know harnesses encourage pulling but at least she isn't getting hurt. It works best when we both walk with her, one of us ahead and her in between. We have a trail system through the woods on 4 acres that are great for exploring and she knows every trail and where home is. When she poops she goes into the woods, under a bunch of brush off of the trail. Getting her untangled is interesting! Her housebreaking routine is pretty much 85.8% on. Long as we keep a close eye on her and do frequent walks we're OK. Once in a while she slips and pees on the carpet. She has never pooped in the house. Weird routine but she is in the habit of a 2AM combo #1 and #2 every night. whatever works! Thanks for all the help! 10 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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