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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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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What to buy for your Puppy?
Well puppies do need somewhere to sleep, but it doesn’t have to be something super expensive. They will be happy with anything. Deciding which bed to buy depends on the owner and how much you want to spend, of course. If you want a stylish bed than buy one, but know that your puppy doesn’t care what he sleeps in as long as he is close to you.
What else do you need?
After you have a bed, you’ll need a food and a water bowl. The kind of bowl doesn’t matter it’s like the bed. The owner decides what he/she likes best. You will have to change your puppy’s water constantly. Because when they’re younger they will go INSIDE the water bowl. It is a funny thing that can happen or happens most of the time when you have a small dog.
A step you can’t forget before bringing your puppy home is to fence your yard. There’s nothing more stressful than to have to chase your pup around the block. They probably won’t get too far, but it’s better if you get a fence before you bring your pup home.
Yes, Toys are very important. Especially for pups they love to play. If you don’t want to waste too much you can make toys. Take an old sock and put a old tennis ball inside. That will do, and your puppy won’t even notice that it’s not a “chic” toy.
Another important thing is at least for me. Is before you bring a pup home, try to find out everything you can about the dog breed your bringing into your family. Find out if it’s a good match to your lifestyle. There are lazy dogs and active dogs, try to find a breed that matches you.
Other tips on my next post. If you guys have any questions please feel free to ask.
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Hello fellow readers. I love to write and I’m getting a new puppy so I decided to write about how I educate him. My journey to educating my puppy. It seems like a great idea and I will start when he arrives. First of all if you have been reading my blog for some time now, you know that I have been choosing a dog breed for some time now. And finally I decided the one I wanted. I’m getting a BEAGLE. Yes it wasn’t even in my last list of favorites, but it is an adorable dog and a cousin of the last breed I had. (Basset Hound) They are loving dogs. Can be stubborn and hard to train but I am prepared for the challenge.
With my Basset it was also a HUGE challenge in the beginning because they are very stubborn. They’re not stupid; they just don’t want to hear you. So it takes time and patience to train “hounds”. I’ve actually learned that they are very smart but they just sometimes don’t show it. I wanted to share my experience of training a Beagle and maybe help some of my fellow readers that are also trying to train their dogs.
My puppy isn’t here yet. He’s too young and still has to stay with his mother. But on August 20th he will be here. I already have some pictures that I will attach to this post. And I will start posting about how to prepare for you puppy and what you need to do before you bring your puppy home. I hope you like this new “part” of my blog. Don’t worry I will continue doing what I did before. This is just a new part of this blog.
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