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Hello, my name is Remy.

Discussion in 'Say Hello!' started by Bill Porter, Jun 17, 2020.

  1. Bill Porter

    Bill Porter Premium Member

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    I am a 5th month old tri-color Sheltie with an incredibly energetic personality. My parents/owners love me so much and try to provide me with the absolute best of everything so that I'm happy and healthy. But sometimes I'm a little too much and need some assistance assimilating to the world a little better. I think my dad is on here now trying to get advice. If you could help him, I know he'd really appreciate it!

    :)
     
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  2. ghggp

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    Hi Bill... I always recommend going to beginners obedience classes to help to socialize your young pup. Can you be more specific on the issues you are encountering? We are here to help!
     
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  3. Caro

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    Hello puppy Remy! I'm a 5 1/2 month old sable called Kismet. Because I'm heaps older than you :wink2: I know heaps more. My mum says I am going through my second fear period so suddenly things are a little bit more scary. And my teeth hurt! It will get better if my mum is gentle with me and doesn't push me and gives me lots of treats when I'm brave. But my mum tells me I'll go through another one when I'm a teenager! Sheesh, it's tough being a puppy.

    Lots of socialising will help me be a well balanced puppy. That's not socialising with annoying big or bouncy puppies if I don't want, but learning about the world. My mum uses this checklist to so I can learn about different people and sounds and grounds! https://drsophiayin.com/app/uploads/2015/12/Socialization_Checklist.pdf

    And if your parents think you are too energetic you tell them - phooey, I'm a sheepdog! And I have to be on alert to make sure no scary things take my sheep. But in the meantime I'm just a puppy so the mums and dads have to take charge and make sure the big scary things don't hurt us.

    As long as I bounce back and get my confidence after a scare I'll be okay. I'm not a stupid labrador after all (thems are silly big puppies!). Oh and you might want your parents to teach you to go between their legs when you are scared.

    Your friend from Australia
    Kismet
     
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  4. Bill Porter

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    Hello everyone. My family pack had another boy like me who passed away 10 years ago so it's been a while for them. But from what I hear, my predecessor was very different than I am. He was far more docile, had hip dysplasia and was gentle as a lamb. That's NOT me! I love to run run run and they let me, both in and out of the house. My main issue seems to be that I bite everything and every one. Not like real bites, but my teeth are sharp like razors so open mouth teething causes everyone some pain. I just love to bite/nip at my loved ones - and also boxes, bugs, knots in the hardwood floor, shoes, toys, etc. One of my canines fell out today though, so maybe being a bit toothless will help for a while.

    As far as obedience training goes, my parents are probably going to do that, but it's summertime and all of our plans got cancelled so we're just hanging in and around the house. We could do the obedience training ourselves if we know what to do. Right now, my mommy wants to take me for walks in the morning but I don't do well on a leash and I'm dying to break free and run into the street after those exciting cars. My dad has brought home 5 different harnesses but it's hard to get one that fits a 12"neck and 20" girth. He was wondering if any of you good folks could recommend a good H style harness?

    Also, I've been eating Wellness Puppy Food and I love it but not sure if that's the best thing for me. Suggestions?

    Thank you.

    Remy
     
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    Welcome to you Remy and your dad Bill :yes:

    I as you can see - I am a tri-color too - not 5 m but 5 y :winkgrin:

    My name is Minnie and I live in Denmark with my mom.
     
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  6. Caro

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    Hi Bill. No doubt Remy will settle in a couple of years - it's easy to forget how energetic puppies are!

    I call Kismet 'crocodile', ow those little sharp puppy teeth. She's fairly gentle with flesh, but she has gotten my nose a couple of times - that smarted! She is the worst puppy I've had for chewing. But she also just had 5 baby teeth taken out as the adult ones had come through. That was last week and she actually hasn't chewed anything wooden since, so I think now it was just the pain from the teeth.

    Something she does love - I save the toilet rolls and seal the ends, cut a hole in the middle and put her kibble in. Then if she wants more to chew she can chew the toilet roll. Since her chewing got so bad I started her on a treat dispenser made from a hard plastic bottle, she likes to gnaw at the top of that, and I just dug out an old treat dispenser that was ball shaped, and again hard so it can take the chewing. She also has a ton of chew toys, but her favourite to chew is just the old fashion Kongs, put a little yogurt on the inside edges and she'll still chew it for ages.

    As for collars and harnesses. I just brought a cheap one from Kmart that has a butterfly wings on the top (I can cut them off but they are cute). It was cheap and fully adjustable. The neck size doesn't matter that much, I often have to enlarge the collar for the length. For a collar, I would only ever walk a Sheltie on a martingale style collar. If you're worried about him getting out of one, no reason you can't have both a collar and harness on

    Btw - you need to be more exciting than the cars. Don't forget high value treats and I always suggest my classes take a squeaky toy on their walks and stop and have a play with your dog. And if he's barking at cars do a sharp, quick about turn and walk in the other direction. And don't worry - the technical term for 5-6mths is the brat stage!
     
  7. Sharon7

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    My 5 month old Meadow gets her chewing done on a 4 inch high cardboard tray that we got at Costco to carry stuff home in. She zeroed in on that immediately at 9 weeks of age and she is still at it! First one is almost destroyed now (needle teeth punctures everywhere LOL) she is ripping it up. So we got another one at Costco that will replace it. Toilet paper cardboard or paper towel cardboard is also very popular with all 3 of my Shelties.

    I graduated to a slip lead leash for walking, but sometimes still use the harness I got - it is a soft type that they step into, has velcro tab over the shoulders in addition to a clip for safety. It's lightweight and seems to fit her well. Got it on Chewy.com.
     
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  8. Bill Porter

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    Thank you all for responding to my post. I forgot to mention that Remy EATS everything. He eats stone off of our stone fireplace. He eats the knots in the hardwood floor that he pries up with his teeth. He eats the cardboard box where we put our shoes now so he doesn't eat those. When he goes outside, he eats sticks, grass and bugs. It's not like we're starving him either - we give him exactly the amount recommended for his size plus various treats throughout the day. I use a Kong toy with treats or peanut butter, lots of chew toys, balls, rope. But if he can pry it free or chew it, he'll eat it. Never seen a dog that eats everything. Not sure if that's normal.
     
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  9. SheepOfBlue

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    Filthy puppies!

    Signed
    Spitfire Esquire
     
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  10. ghggp

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    Ok, Remy... we need you to stop chewing and eating stuff you shouldn’t! You don’t want to end up in a vets office going for surgery, do you? I think not!

    My Liam was the same way! It was so scary as he would throw up stuff and I was shocked at how he was as shredding and eating his soft toys!

    I eventually stopped letting him have them! I use a Kong toy and wet his kibble a bit and then stuff it into the Kong and freeze it! It took him a while to get the kibble out that way!

    this video might help...



    I hate to say it but keeping him close and on a short lead is the only way to reinforce what he can or cannot chew on. Crate is the best alternative when you are away!

    Good luck!
    As far as obedience training I meant more for socializing!
     
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