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#61 Kuschel

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 02:47 PM

Hey, just to let you know that you have an AID neighbor here in Center Point, TX...about 2.5 hours from Austin. We have a 5 month old AID named Mo. He's loving the TX Hill Country and the wide open space life.

 

Gah! how did I miss this?

 

We are going to be heading to Burning Man this year - and while we're going to be hauling it up there, I wouldn't mind making a stopover on the way back to hang with the pup on the way back. I'm not sure if you're place is fenced in, but I know that our pup will stay around if another pup is around. We take her out on the trails and it is so fun to watch her open up.


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 05:44 PM

Wow....stunning!!!!



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Posted 04 January 2018 - 11:28 PM

Wow....stunning!!!!

You really need to create your own forum post for your pup!


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 06:51 AM

 

Gah! how did I miss this?

 

We are going to be heading to Burning Man this year - and while we're going to be hauling it up there, I wouldn't mind making a stopover on the way back to hang with the pup on the way back. I'm not sure if you're place is fenced in, but I know that our pup will stay around if another pup is around. We take her out on the trails and it is so fun to watch her open up.

Sounds like fun. We have a fence around the property - but barbed wire so getting through would be easy for these guys. Some nice trails to walk around though. We haven't got to advanced off-leash training yet but that's coming - Mo likes to hunt and when he gets on a trail of something he can be a difficult recall right now. Just let us know and we'll be ready!



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 01:32 PM


CONGRATS ON THE NEW PLACE!  IT LOOKS GREAT!!!!!

 

I'm near Austin once a year (depending on travel plans - sometimes a night in Austin - and try to see the bats - LOL) dogs with us.  Maybe we'll get to meet up sometime.

Coffey is going thru a boisterous barking phase.  I really hope it stops.  It could get us thrown out of hotels.  Luckily the neighbors aren't complaining.

 

Wow!  The windows in the house and the backyard view, and the stream!  HEAVEN!

 

Hopefully we'll have our fence up and we can have them play in the dog run. :D

If not this year, next? 

Otherwise there are other dog parks we can hang at. 


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 06:49 AM

A little Spring update for you - 

 

Xochitl has reached a down-right-defiant stage at 1.5 years. When we ask her to do something, she will look away from us and pretend she doesn't hear us. Everything from sit, to even "come" inside the house when no one else is around. I know she knows all her commands (~10). She wants everything to be a game, all the time.

 

Xochitl has become the utter snuggle bug when we're settling in for the night. She cuddles up between Shaun and I on the couch now. This is what I've been waiting for - for forever! She has also settled at a dainty 36lbs and her coat is filling in a little more each day. And every day she looks more and more like Rune. :P

 

We have moved into our new house - but the fence is going to need to wait since our electrical needs to be done (old house with aluminum wiring) and she is in heaven. She is currently on a 20 foot lead in the backyard and neighborhood dogs (they roam) come and visit her and play. I'm starting to realize that she needs a companion more and more. 

 

That said, there are some habits I'd like to nip in the bud before we bring a new pup into the house. Like - escaping from her lead and bolting down the greenbelt/creek. I had to rush and put on my galoshes and hunt her down. I've included a picture of the path she took and the hell she put us through. These pups are so fast that catching them is impossible and she conveniently has forgotten "come". Also, have I mentioned she isn't food motivated? Like, at all. Doesn't care about treats. Or meat. Or peanut butter. I happened to catch her when she was tired and heading back home on a trail in which there was no room but to come directly to me. This has moved to priority #1. 

 

It is all an adventure, right? 

 

Either way, we're going to need her more under control before we head on our road trip to Burning Man this year so she can be on her best behavior for the dog sitter. <3 

 

 

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 11:34 AM

Tayamni forgot how to listen around that age. Luckily she IS food motivated.  ;)

 

That is a nice greenbelt area!  Glad you have that so she's not running the streets.

Both my dogs have gone through those phases - Tayamni earlier than Coffey.

This too shall pass.  I would turn my back and ignore Tayamni when she wouldn't "come" around the house.

 

 

Good luck! 

 

 



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 09:31 AM

Tayamni forgot how to listen around that age. Luckily she IS food motivated.  ;)

 

That is a nice greenbelt area!  Glad you have that so she's not running the streets.

Both my dogs have gone through those phases - Tayamni earlier than Coffey.

This too shall pass.  I would turn my back and ignore Tayamni when she wouldn't "come" around the house.

 

 

Good luck! 

 

 

 

The ignoring works so well. Now if only the ignoring worked when she is in a bigger space! ;)


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 03:39 PM

Zuni did same to my husband in a creek for almost an hour zooming right past him..i feel like they have to decide to let you be the boss...that said i also think agility classes have helped zuni. It gives you lots of chances to ask them to do things they think of as fun, like running fast, going through tunnels, jumping over things in a controlled-ish environment. Good luck and congrats on the new home!

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 05:49 PM

Zuni did same to my husband in a creek for almost an hour zooming right past him..i feel like they have to decide to let you be the boss...that said i also think agility classes have helped zuni. It gives you lots of chances to ask them to do things they think of as fun, like running fast, going through tunnels, jumping over things in a controlled-ish environment. Good luck and congrats on the new home!

That is the plan! I know she would enjoy it. We need a bit more training as her placement still needs a bit of work, but I'm excited!


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Posted 07 May 2018 - 03:59 AM

She's very cute. We had to put a GPS tracker on Wakinyan at that age. He's now excellent off lead (he's 6). Better than Fenris our 7 mo old GSD. On the other hand we have 4 year old Cake who has her own mind about everything and still needs to be on leash but is 50/50 when we are in the mood for working with her. Fortunately Fenris is very attached to Cake and has retrieved her. We plan to train him to do that..fortunately he just did it.

Will she come for a toy?

If there is a good boarding kennel in the area that might be a good option while she's in this run away phase. Kennels are never as awesome or loved as home. There's too much wing clipping containment time in the kennel. It may give her some perspective and graditude for you.

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 10:57 AM

She's very cute. We had to put a GPS tracker on Wakinyan at that age. He's now excellent off lead (he's 6). Better than Fenris our 7 mo old GSD. On the other hand we have 4 year old Cake who has her own mind about everything and still needs to be on leash but is 50/50 when we are in the mood for working with her. Fortunately Fenris is very attached to Cake and has retrieved her. We plan to train him to do that..fortunately he just did it.

Will she come for a toy?

If there is a good boarding kennel in the area that might be a good option while she's in this run away phase. Kennels are never as awesome or loved as home. There's too much wing clipping containment time in the kennel. It may give her some perspective and graditude for you.

 

Thank you! I think she is super cute too. Very dainty at times - when she isn't making the "Why are you doing this to me?" anxiety face. :P

 

It is good to know that she may be better on the lead down the line. We just sent off our deposit for another puppers and are going to be approaching the off-leash training differently (all the time and walks in our cul-de-sac). She will want to stay around if there is another dog she knows that does stay - this happens with some of her best doggie friends.

 

She won't come for a toy. She has her own mind and when she has made it up to go and "open it up", there is just no getting her back.  

 

As for the kennel, the last time she came back she was happy, but for the first time ever, a snuggle bug. I know that it works with her in particular. She missed us so much! That said, her boarding place has 4 acres for them to play during the day so not sure how much "wing clipping" is done there. ;)


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Posted 11 May 2018 - 01:58 AM

Congrats on putting a deposit on another pup!! Xochitil will really love it, and so will you.

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 08:21 AM

Oh so awesome that y'all will be adding to the family!!! 



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:55 AM

@Samie and @KittynDoc - 

 

I feel good about having someone around to unleash her energy with and it will be good for her. I think she is getting super lonely these days. 


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:02 AM

wahooooooo....the more the merrier.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:31 PM

@Samie and @KittynDoc - 

 

I feel good about having someone around to unleash her energy with and it will be good for her. I think she is getting super lonely these days. 

 

I already feel it starting to hit me, at the point Haru becomes well behaved I will most definitely want another one. That'll be another year at least though, lol



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:10 AM

@Samie: "Well behaved." ;)

 

Our dog has definitely chilled out and I couldn't have imagined adding another pup prior to this point. I think a few people have had the same experience as they start pushing 2 years old. 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:14 PM

Are you getting a boy or a gurlie?

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 07:10 AM

Are you getting a boy or a gurlie?

 

Getting a boy! Boy dogs typically bond to me better and our pup is definitely Shaun's. Hope I can get that chance.


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