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Puppies have spring fever

Last week was so beautiful with temperatures well above normal…..almost all the snow was gone but that all changed.  Here it is the first official week of spring and the temperature has fallen and we’ve had snow 3 days in a row.  Everyone, two-legged and four-legged, is sick and tired of winter. The dogs have got so much energy but nowhere to burn it.   Wally and Tango were having a good wrestle in the back yard and little Tilly really wanted to join in.  I love watching them interact together but I’m always watching to make sure that she doesn’t get trampled accidentally.

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Puppy mosh pit

Generally speaking, most German Shepherds are fiercely loyal and love their family but they often don’t really warm up to strangers.  Tango is quite different.   She is extremely affectionate and just loves all people   When Don takes her out training, we have  to warn the people that are hiding that when she finds them she is going to plant at least one big, wet puppy kiss on their face.    When it comes to other dogs, she is not a real social butterfly.    At the puppy park she is only interested in playing with the chucker and she doesn’t interact much with the other dogs.  Over the years, Tango has welcomed all of our foster puppies.  She is the first to play with them but for some reason she will not allow them to touch her.  If they try and snuggle up with her….she will just get up and walk away.  It doesn’t matter how many times the puppy tries….snuggling is just not permitted.  It can take a month or more before she will start relaxing the rules….that is until now.  It has taken Tilly less than 2 weeks to have a break through.   It was amazing to watch.  That little puppy had a plan and she carried it out to perfection.  Inch by inch she dragged herself closer  and closer to Tango until she reached her goal of snuggling up against her.  It probably took almost 20 minutes to complete….but she was successful.   When Don got up to grab the camera, Tango and Wally were muzzle to muzzle…unfortunately just before he snapped the picture Tango sat upright.

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Clicker training begins

Now that Tilly has been with us for a week and she has settled into her new life, it is time to start training.  We started out with ‘charging the clicker’ to teach her that a click is a very good thing and it means that a reward is coming.  Then we moved on to clicking her for making eye contact with me and she caught on to that fairly quickly.  Yesterday I introduced her to the Staples Easy Button and I clicked and treated her for any contact.   Today she started offering a paw target, she got a big reward for the first hit and from that point on she just kept progressing.  Unfortunately I didn’t have the video camera going the first time that she actually got the ‘That Was Easy’ sound but I was able to capture the second time she was successful.  She is so tiny that she needs to jump on it with both paws to get the audio.    As you watch the video you can see her thinking and processing all the things she has learned and when she decides to hit the button you can see the pure joy in her face and her body language.  That little tail is wagging like crazy.

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Celebrating 3 months

Today Tilly is 3 months old.  She has really fit well into our ‘Dog House’.  Wally and Tango seem to be accepting her and she is thrilled with them.  Wally will allow her to snuggle with him but he doesn’t play much with her whereas Tango loves to play ‘chase-me’ with her in the backyard but she still has her ‘no touching’ rule.  It usually takes Tango a month or so before she will let a new puppy snuggle up with her.

Yesterday we captured this great video of Wally and Tango holding a tug toy and little Tilly trying to take it away from each of them.   Too cute!!

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Sleepy head

The many faces of tired Tilly.

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Angel or Devil???

These two pictures perfectly capture Tilly’s dual personality.  When our little Tilly is sweet….she is very sweet.  She cuddles and licks and loves to be smooched……..but……when our little Tilly is bad…..she is really bad!   She jumps and bites and races around like a possessed devil.   The good news is that the sweet times are more frequent than the devil child times.

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Everything is a toy

People can spend a fortune on toys to entertain their puppies.  In reality, everything is a potential toy … as long as it doesn’t have sharp bits or is small enough to swallow.   Here is a video of Tilly enjoying herself with my garden kneeler.  It is twice her size but that doesn’t slow her down.

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