Puppy vs Politician Training

I am thoroughly enjoying having a puppy in my house.  Oliver is a long-haired German Shepherd puppy.  He is super soft and fluffy and looks like a small bear cub.

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Oliver at 10 weeks

Oliver weighted 43 pounds at 14 weeks old and his feet are already bigger than those of our nine-year-old white, 110 pound, German Shepherd Truman.

puppy foot14 week puppy foot next to my hand

Oliver loves water, mud and Truman.
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All things considered, this puppy is the best thing that has happened in our home in a very long time.  Our home is filled with constant action and antics. Puppies, like small children, are a lot of work and demand a lot of attention, but their exuberance for life and enjoyment of every new sight, sound and taste is contagious to those of us who long ago became a bit jaded and tired. It fills me with joy to just watch him.  Oliver is a cute little clown.

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Lots of puppy cuteness

See many cute videos of Oliver and Truman on my YouTube channel including this video of him digging in my garden and watching airplanes.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMr8PREto1A 

Oh, there are some challenges to puppy raising.  Especially since I cannot bend or lift over 10 pounds due to my back injuries from my cancer.  Also, I am on blood-thinners as apart of my cancer chemo maintenance program and the puppy nipping phase has left me with enough bruises on my arms and legs to give my oncologist a stroke.

Then, too, I am tired from being awakened with the dawn, literally at 5:30 a.m., by either whining or a sharp bark announcing that my attention is desperately and immediately required. The rest of my day is filled with non-stop action and chaos created by a puppy making bad decisions. Broken only by short periods of time when the puppy needs a nap.

Then, too, I have acquired a few new skills such as disposing of lots of shredded paper and cleaning up puppy poo. Since, I cannot reach the floor, I have mastered using a long handled grabber tool. Also, I have learned how prevent puppy biting and barking by administering a bit of bitter lemon juice onto the offender’s tongue—yes, this really works!   And, I have also perfected cleaning up dirt left by the puppy by using a spray bottle, a large towel and my foot.

There also have been changes to my usually eloquent language usage. For a woman with excellent verbal and written communications skills, who had a very successful career in the field of communications writing press releases, talking points, editorials, columns and constituent responses for many politicians, I now find myself communicating using one- word verbs such as: off, down, sit, stay, come and when nothing else works–“treats”.  In addition to issuing single syllable orders, there are the essential commands of no bite, no bark and play nice!

Now that I think about it there is not much difference between working for politicians and training a puppy….just saying.

 

 

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