But I somehow have a 6 month old, chocolate standard poodle puppy.
Her name is Bambi... so far since coming home this afternoon she has: walked on top of the pool cover, fell in the pool, (in that order) discovered the fascinating subject of hair dryers, (she twitches when the air hits her! ) ferociously attacked the lawn, demonstrated a peculiar fear of doorways, ignored the aviary, and is now (hopefully) asleep in her crate.
She has already had me roaring with laughter and almost crying with frustration, as she is not housetrained, but prances perfectly on a leash. I do mean prance!
So here she is!
Please keep me in your thoughts as I have never fully trained a dog before and this is promising to be a crazy next couple months!
good luck with the training. I did that 2 years in a row with new puppies. Cooper is now almost 3 and Jake will be 2 in November. They were pretty good with the potty training but I took them out every time they moved. If you leave her for any amount of time make sure you keep her in her crate. I never believed in crate training before but now I am all for it. It not only provides them with a safe feeling but they usually don't soil their bed..
Remember to change your birds toys around frequently. Variety is important.
I really don't like the poof either, myself... she looks better than when she first came home, though. She had two big puffs on either side of her hip! She looked like an H20 molecule!
On a much more sad note, I've got something very serious going on... I did lots of research, saw lots of puppies, and checked paperwork. Even after all that, after lots of checking back and forth it was discovered that somebody faked/altered the vet papers, and she may have been from a puppy mill! I don't want to support something horrible like that, but what is in Bambi's best interest?
People are so... I don't know how to say it... disgusting! I feel awful! I thought about not telling you guys, but, I've had it with people not being honest, so I hope you guys can understand. Contrary to this threads opening, this wasn't sudden impulse buy, I was trying to be very careful.
To anyone considering a dog... you CAN'T BE TOO CAREFUL!
What a baby doll! shes so sweet Liz! puppy training if you remain consistent & have her on a schedule, they develop into well rounded little furbie individuals, they crave structure & praise..crate training is the best thing you could do for her, in the beginning she will react to it , although maybe not lol we have had a few that loved their crates straight off the start..but on the average they hate it at first, ours know their own little bedrooms & omg if anyone gets in THEIR bedrooms its WAR! lol make many many pee pee trips outside to the same area lol consistency & a schedule are key.. she will reward you for ALL your efforts ...
I am so terribly sorry about what your going through though, thats terrible! I hate that they cant do something about it, because for those of us that are good breeders following guidelines & making sure our babies are good furbutt little people, keeping close records ...breeding only those dogs found to meet the standards of conformation & health is sound...it just makes us sick to see these idiots doing this..
If she was registered AKC- you can have their privileges revoked, AKC is strict!!! if theirs DNA #`s ..that will also help..if theirs anything you ever wanna know PM me Liz & I will do my best to answer your questions.. I am so sorry your going through this
Oh Liz what a dampner for you, but you know what? You'll be amazed at what they'll do to conceal where these puppies have come from. There just isn't anyway of knowing, no matter how careful you are, the lengths and tricks these people pull on you. You are not to blame yourself, consider yourself told
She is gorgeous, thats what you should concentrate on now.... after her first day's antics you should have called her Bimbo not Bambi
I thought about not telling you guys, but, I've had it with people not being honest, so I hope you guys can understand. Contrary to this threads opening, this wasn't sudden impulse buy, I was trying to be very careful.
Liz -- How could we NOT understand? I think that everyone here knows that you are the type of person to not just rush into something. You wouldn't be so good to/with your birds if you were someone who just didn't care where the furbies/fids come from. We're here to listen to each other's concerns and gripes just as much as we are here for the good stuff. It often helps to bounce things off of others.
This being said, she's beautiful! But like many others, I don't like the poofy "froo-froo" look. Let her grow out. Love the shaggy look myself. lol
What a cute little dog and a gorgeous colour and in my fav flavour!!!!
Sounds like Bambi is going to give you plenty of laughter and love for a long time to come.
The decision of ignoring an animal in need or taking them out of unsavioury conditions is a very fine and hard line to take. Like you said that you don't want to support the puppy mill BUT sometimes you just HAVE to go against your principles and give a pet a loving home and enviroment.
I say enjoy her and do everything in your power to right a wrong with these puppy mill people. Who knows maybe it was destiny and it's your "job" to help get these people out through Bambi!!
Anyway, back to the loookin' at the little sweetie.......
Very good news! The irresponsible breeders who Bambi came from are getting their just desserts. The vets whose names were used on the fake vet papers are quite upset, and I will be contacting the AKC.
Bambi is staying. She went to the vet yesterday, got her shots just in case, and got a clean bill of health with the exception of ear infections, which she is on meds for now. Training is taking a LOT of time, but I actually slept last night, and she is going into her crate voluntarily. Granted, I now have a sore neck from falling asleep on the stairs, but things do look better today!
Bambi is lovely....the chocolate color is sooo pretty!
It is a tough deal having to be involved with animal abusers and puppy mills. They seem to be everywhere! But I think you found her for a reason...and she is lucky to have you....so in my book that is a very good thing! Don't feel badly....just give her all your love and caring and that will make a real difference in at least this one dogs life.
Please keep us updated on how the training and the other "shady" stuff is going.