Shannon likes being in the backyard, I have to keep a careful eye on her because she always finds some spot in the fence to crawl through and ends up snooping in the neighbour's yard, but she returns when I call her. She's pretty good at coming when called, well sometimes I need to repeat myself but overall coming when called is not too bad. Small dogs such as chihuahuas shouldn't be left alone in the backyard, even if it's fenced in. Depending on where you live, they can become easy prey for birds such as hawks, and even a cat could pose a danger for a chihuahua.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Shannon now knows the basic commands such as sit, stay, lie down and come here. I'm working on increasing the amount of time she will stay. She also knows how to "dance" for a treat by standing up on her 2 back legs and twirling around a couple of times. Once puppies understand a command it's important to use it often to reinforce it. I find opportunites throughout the day for this. For instance if she wants to go outside, sometimes I tell her first to sit and stay and when I give the okay she come's out and this becomes her reward for obeying. Playing is also a good time for practicing commands, before your dog gets the toy have him do something for you such as lie down. Once he does what you say, reward him with play and the toy.
Guess that's it for now.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
"Aw but I don't know how to sew" you're saying. Hey, if I was able to make it then you can too, just check out my puppy Little Shannon in the photo wearing the dog coat I made for her. It was really easy and fun. I used a fleece blanket to make it. Does she look cute in it or what. I can't wait for the weather to warm up a bit so I can take her outside in her new doggie outfit.