Having to juggle studies and taking care of a small creature that depends on you is very hard. But the good news is that I have kind of figured out how to do it. And also educate and teach tricks to my small puppy. Today Cooper is officially 15 weeks old. It seems like yesterday that I got him. When people say that time fly’s by the really mean it. You only notice it when you have a creature that grows week by week and you can actually see how time fly’s.
With each week that passes he learns more tricks and learns more how to behave. (or at least I’m trying). The biting still hasn’t stopped or gotten better, but he does understand when we tell him “no”. Last week my dad took him to the veterinarian and he came back telling me how my dog is a drama queen. He screamed and didn’t want to take his vaccine. He even peed on the veterinarian’s table. I was so happy I didn’t go with him because I wouldn’t be able to tolerate the screaming and whining. I’m what you can call a big mama. And I wouldn’t want to see my baby in “pain”, which he actually wasn’t. He was just being a drama queen. (He always does that.) That’s a characteristic of Beagles and Bassets they love to be drama queens.
Cooper now knows how to: Sit, Down, Stay, Shake, High Five, Come….
We’re going to start teaching him play dead this week…Wish me luck.
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So I haven’t really gotten around to posting lately because a little puppy and COLEGE are bothering me. Well not really bothering but keeping me busy. To update you all in what “stage” of training my puppy is in. He hasn’t had that much “accidents” lately. I think in the last 2 weeks he had two accidents.
I think no one “likes” when their puppy has a potty training accident but you can’t be that mad either because puppies at this age (8 to 13 weeks) are still learning how to behave. Biting… Is a problem everyone that is educating a puppy, knows that biting WILL be a problem in the first couple of months (first two). Dogs tend to bite when they are playing. Younger dogs only learn NOT to bite playing with older dogs or by telling them NO every time they bite you in play. Another alternative is to stop play completely when they bite. That way your puppy will learn that if he bites the play will stop. And no puppy in the world wants the play to stop.
I’ve read relatively a lot about dog behavior and before I got Cooper I had thought I knew everything there was to know about educating a dog. Well in real life things are different. It’s not enough to KNOW what to do. You have to act sometimes going against what you’ve learned from reading. There are some techniques in the books that haven’t really worked for me. So I’ve had to adapt them to my day to day life. Like one of the things they said in the book that would work perfectly and was one of the ONLY ways to house train your puppy was –Crate Training. I haven’t used crate training and Cooper knows where he is and where he’s not allowed to go to the bathroom. I can even say I’m now proud of my “baby”.
Cooper has already learned how to: Stay, Sit, Down, Come… and… SHAKE. Yes my little guy knows how to shake. I started teaching him Sunday in the evening and Monday he already knew how to shake perfectly. I have to admit and you guys (my readers) might already know this because I have said this in previous posts. I didn’t think that Beagles could be so dedicated and incredibly intelligent. I had a Basset Hound and he was very stubborn and never wanted to do anything that I asked him to. (With or without treat) Cooper on the other hand “shakes” even without getting a treat.
That’s my update for today… I hope I could maybe help some of you and just share my experience with you.
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Training a pup is much easier just reading the books than actually having to educate a little puppy. Cooper’s very easy going. Easy to fall in love with, but he makes mistakes just like any other puppy his age.(or even older) He has house training accidents, or simply tries very hard to be a human being by peeing next to the toilet(it’s happened a couple of time.). It might be because he sees us doing it there and he thinks he has to too. But what goes through his mind I’ll never know. He’s a fast learner. Coop knows how to sit ,”down” and is currently learning how to “stay”. I started to teach him “stay” about 3 days ago and he almost always gets it right.(our sessions are about 15 minutes long. Sometimes shorter. He can’t focus for a long time.) I’m very happy with my “baby”. He brings me and my family joy the entire day.
What’s the hardest part about training (and raising) a puppy? I guess it has to be the part where you always have to wake up 2 times (sometimes one time) during the night so he can go to the potty. I know I should be grateful that with 11 weeks he already goes outside and doesn’t shit my entire house. But I’m not a morning person and like my fair share of sleep. He still bites, but we’ve started saying “NO” really loud and he stops. So now most of the time he licks instead of biting. Which I find very interesting.
He’s super intelligent and learns so fast. I was told before I got a Beagle that the a very stubborn and mostly don’t hear you the first time. What I’m finding out is that MY Beagles seems eager to learn new things. Do you have a puppy? Are you finding it “EASIER THAN EXPECTED” training him too?
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Cooper’s First Week and ½
Coop has been simply AWESOME. Ok a little hard to train, but “SIT” he’s already got the hang of. We’re trying “DOWN” now. Currently not going as smooth as with “SIT”. Today after a couple of long days trying, he went “DOWN” once. I was so EXTREMELY happy you would think we were trying it for years. So I’m happy to see some progress, after he know “down”, I’ll probably try “stay”.
He also LOVES to sleep. Sleeping is his favorite hobby. But what 10 week old puppy doesn’t love to sleep, right? This week was very important. It was the first time I clipped his nails(they were so long).
He’s so polite. Always asking to go outside.
Our biggest problem is that he bites a lot. He’s very young and still doesn’t have all his teeth and hasn’t learned how to play gentle so that explains all the biting. But still it would be MUCH better if he didn’t bite so much.
I read in my dog books that Beagles, like to DIG. Well I’ve found out that Cooper is a legit Beagle and also likes digging. Not small holes. He likes to dig big ones he can fit inside. So I always have to cover his holes.
Roses? Oh I HAD roses in my garden before my pup came along. He killed them.
Well that’s what’s going on now. (OH I almost forgot to tell you guys. He loves socks. He steals all of my socks.) I’ll keep you updated.
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Cooper’s First Day/Night at home
We went to pick Cooper up yesterday around 5 O’clock. All his brothers and sisters were there. He was the first one to go home. The ride home was very long, a 2 hour drive. It seemed even longer with a small puppy in my lap. It wasn’t actually as bad as you expect. He was very well behaved and slept almost the entire ride home. We also stopped once so he could go to the “potty”.
What was the first night with a small puppy at home like?
Well it wasn’t like I had expected, not at all. I had expected a very wild pup. I had put (and still have) newspapers all around his bed, just in case… Well I didn’t even need it. He woke me up two times asking to go to the potty. I just opened the door to our garden and went outside with him and he did his business. (Once at 3 am and the other time at 5am.)
At 5am after he had finished his business, I brought him back to my room put him in his bed. Afterwards he wanted to play. So I gave him a toy he played with it for a while and then went back to sleep.
The First actual “Day” with Cooper was yesterday. I went to city hall to do his registration. Here where I live you have to pay taxes to have a dog. It was pretty stressful to get there because I had to carry him because he doesn’t really “know” how to walk with a leash bothering him all the time. And with his 6,6 kg it wasn’t an easy thing to do. Me, my sister, cousin and aunt had to keep taking turns carrying him. After a while he started crying and barking like a crazy dog. I figured out it was because he was tired and wanted to sleep so I stopped and sat in the park and he slept a while. After that we went home and he slept again. With puppies this young it’s important they get a lot of sleep. It’s just like a baby. At 9 weeks they already play dogs I mean. Not babies.
How is Cooper?
Cooper is a puppy. Very easy going loves to sleep. He sleeps ALL the time, but that’s pretty normal for his age.(he’s 9 weeks) He still isn’t perfectly house trained; but he does ask to go outside. There also been some accidents.(three)
Cooper’s 2nd Day home:
Well this night was better than last. He only woke up once and asked to go outside. That was around 5:20 am. The only big problem is that afterwards he didn’t want to go back to sleep. He wanted to play. And at 5:30 am I didn’t want to play. So I gave him a bone I bought for puppies and he chewed on that. After 15-20 minutes he fell asleep again and then so did I. But I had to go to work at 7am so I woke up and so did he. I took his bed and stuff to my Parents room and left my mom taking care of him.
Today something happened that wasn’t really an accident (he had), it was like he wanted to copy what we do. He went to the bathroom and pied next to the toilet. He had seen me do it so he thought he was supposed to do it too. But he’s too small to reach and pied next to the toilet. It was an accident but I wouldn’t say it was a really bad one, cause he just wanted to copy me.
Other than that we haven’t started our “training sessions” yet. I’m going to wait until he feels a little bit more at home. He’s only been here for 3 ½ days so I’ll give him some time. He doesn’t cry at night, at all. For that I’m very thankful.
Me and Cooper are happy and getting to know each other. He already know I’m his new Mom.
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Nowadays I have two books about how to train a Beagle and stuff all about Beagles. As you can see I want to be prepared for when I go get my pup on the 20th, and I will be more than just prepared. Today I wanted to write about the different training books. Which is best to buy, and which has been my favorite up until now. As I have already said I have two books right now, one in German and the other in English. So I will just review the one in English(But the one in German is also very helpful and full of useful information.)
The book is called “Training your Beagle” By Kristine Kraeuter – second edition. It is by far one of the most useful dog books I’ve read. It has everything from Beagle History to Competitive Obedience. The pictures are beautiful, and it’s explained in a language that’s easy to understand.
One of my biggest concerns was that I want my dog to become a show dog. And I needed the information about what to do, how to do it and so on. “Training your Beagle” has it all.
If you want for your dog to become a show dog too, than you should look up your fellow “beagle club” (or any other breed “club”) in your Country or State, and they will instruct you. Be aware that you do have to pay a fee to join the “clubs”, the costs are different in different countries. Be sure that you do want your dog to participate in competitions because YOU have to train him/her. There also are special trainers that train dogs for competitions but they’re not cheap.
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