My New Puppy Diary 82

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Age 39 weeks measurements

  • weight: 33 kg / 72.7 lb (34 kg / 75 lb)
  • height: 68 cm / 26.8 in (68 cm / 26.8 in)
  • front leg length: 41 cm / 16.1 in (41 cm / 16.1 in)
  • hock to toe: 23.5 cm / 9.3 in (23.5 cm / 9.3 in)
  • chest circumference: 84 cm / 33 in (84 cm / 33 in)
  • neck circumference: 50 cm / 19.7 in (51 cm / 20 in)
  • tail length: 48 cm / 18.9 in (47 cm / 18.5 in)
  • breath rate rest: 134 (100)
  • heart rate rest: 132 (122)

So now we're back at a neck size of 50 cm / 19.7 in, which this puppy had already reached at age 34 weeks. As you see here, this puppy now is in the period of oscillating weight, neck size, and chest size, which is normal for GSD puppies at this age. The surprise is that tail length finally increased once more (likely for the last time). Speaking of tail length: I may not have mentioned this yet, but I do of course measure only to the end of the tail, not to the end of the hair on the tail. ;-)

As regards breath rate and heart rate: I had a new chance to measure both - not "under load" - but shortly after exercise and, this time, with the impact of heat. Because we've just been for a short walk at noon after Miguel signalled he needed to relieve:

  • He walks to the main door and stands or sits there until I see him and take him out for a walk
  • Note that when I see him in front of the main door, I ALWAYS immediately stop what I'm doing and go out to give him a chance to relieve!
  • This is because I know how unhealthy bladder and bowel pressure is, and how bad it feels (and once you are old enough you'll know that too ;-) )

So we went to the riverfront (connected to the ocean) where we calmly watched small kids kayaking: In the midday sun, no exercise for the dog other than a calm walk! Back home, after drinking a bit, as always Miguel wanted to play Tail teaser, and so we did. Now after that he's been drinking endlessly (to be precise, he emptied a FULL no-spill drinking bowl, then I refilled it and he continued drinking)! So now I am monitoring the pup's breath rate and heart rate, about 10 min after indoor exercise and about 20 min after our gentle stroll at noon. Guess what he has?

  • breath rate - 10 min post indoor exercise/ 20 min post noon walk: 226
  • heart rate - 10 min post indoor exercise/ 20 min post noon walk: 270

Quite shocking really what impact the heat here at noon has on this adolescent puppy! Because, the Tail teaser play we do frequently, and his level of exhaustion typically is MUCH less. As I mentioned earlier, we normally don't go out here during summer during the day other than for short strolls to relieve. So Miguel's MUCH higher level of exhaustion can only be attributed to our walk at noon!

This morning we're off to Miguel's Portuguese lesson in the city (town center, if you will). Miguel is lazy, he can't say a single word yet. His dad can't either (well, a few), but he isn't lazy, it's just that he has to do everything because his dog does nothing!

    bored puppy
  • Work
  • cleaning
  • shopping
  • dog-walking
  • more cleaning (this puppy always leaves dirt behind!)
  • food preparation
  • more cleaning (this puppy always leaves dirt behind!)
  • dish-washing
  • more cleaning (this puppy always leaves dirt behind!)
  • bins
  • more ... (cleaning yeah, you guessed it)
  • looking after MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG
  • compiling content for My New Puppy Diary
  • reviewing all the taken footage and deciding what to add to the Diary
  • more cleaning (this puppy always leaves dirt behind!)
  • ...

And long before I am totally exhausted and need to sit down for a short rest, Miguel needs the next dog walk to relieve! Then when I am more than totally exhausted and need holiday(!), Miguel wants to play - and by now he certainly deserves some attention and Play! I feel I am a horribly stressed dog owner. Or a stressed horrible dog owner? Whatever. Still, this puppy makes me feel guilty that I don't have enough time for him. :cry:

Sorry for drifting off. But this is a Diary. And how I feel is part of what's happening, because it affects my behavior. And how you feel affects yours, yeah.

Back to our city trip this morning: You may or may not remember from My New Puppy Diary 76 that Miguel lets me walk off-leash even in the city center, indeed. While in the footage you saw earlier the city walk went smooth, this morning it didn't:

I should add, I did scan the environment and saw the boys early on, but I just didn't expect that the boys would be scared of me. :mrgreen: Normally here, kids are very much used to dogs (big and small) because they already face countless stray dogs at bite distance when they go to the kindergarden and later to school. So I assume these two boys actually are tourists (it's tourist season here) - or maybe they've never seen a dog with upright ears? :lol:

But yeah, this possibly wasn't the best representation of responsible dog ownership, I admit.

When we get back from Miguel's Portuguese lesson, guess what he wants?

Not to relieve, no. He does that on the way back to the car, and then on the way from the car to the house. The first thing he wants when we come home: Playing with the Tail teaser! You've seen enough videos of that already, so have a guess what Miguel wants after playing with the Tail teaser?

(And after he drank. And after I cleaned up after him)

Food of course, correct! But meanwhile he knows that he won't get food straight after exercise, so he's lying down on the terrace (like when I have my breakfast after the morning Tail teaser play, then he's doing the same). So now I can do a tiny bit of work take time out to add to this Diary here, exactly! And after 40 to 60 min (depending on his level of exhaustion) I will prepare lunch for my new puppy adolescent adult dog. Now dare to take a glimpse what this boy is getting:

I trust you took note of the grated cheese as topping?!? Am I always this "chef-like" with my new puppy? No, it's just because I am having some grated cheese on my green salad, so why not share a bit of the same with Miguel? He's getting some lettuce too, correct. :-D

This is what we are doing on our early-evening walk:

Some STOP training, yes. It's part of my traffic training, but it goes so much further: A reliable and lightening fast STOP is helpful everywhere - even if you live on a farm with no traffic at all. Some dog trainers suggest a DOWN (so that the dog cannot easily/quickly leave the spot), but DOWN is different: Where does the dog lie down?

I don't train the DOWN in traffic but the STOP, because:

  • lying down anywhere at anytime isn't sensible (mud, broken glass or gravel, winter, ice-salts?)
  • for car drivers, motorcyclists etc, a dog lying down is MUCH harder to see (particularly at night) than a dog standing big and tall (passive safety!)
  • for other dogs, a dog lying down is inviting (to come closer), while a dog standing big and tall commands respect
  • for our own dog, while lying down the dog can't see anything (scanning the environment), while when standing big and tall the dog can see everything
  • and finally for me (and you) it is much better that our dog can easily/quickly leave the spot: when some kind of danger is closing in on where the dog is!

Hence why I train the emergency STOP, no longer the emergency DOWN.

No matter how intense the outdoor training, when we have an opportunity for socialization - however small - we will not miss it of course:

Note that my dog doesn't bark or anything. Although he clearly would like to play with the other dogs (look at his body language), he remains calm.

When we've passed all gates with dogs behind, we continue with our training:

The next stage will then of course be to command a quick and reliable STOP at a distance (a much bigger distance) - unless you only walk on-leash (which hopefully you don't if you remember what I wrote here). ;-)

Back home, after sunset, dinner and everything, I am inside trying to get some work done, and Miguel is out on the terrace to enjoy the cooler night air (lucky perma-free holiday-maker this dog!). Suddenly I hear a noise, and as I am good at associating noises I can guess what noise it is, so I am tiptoeing through the kitchen out on the terrace. And what do I see there?

To shorten a long story, here's the footage - from the moment that I am realizing "Hey, I should film this!":

Instead of shouting and getting upset, for once I remember to simply isolate the dog. This is so much better than getting angry - both for the dog and for me (you). Here I only said "NO, Miguel!" and calmly pointed my arm and finger towards the isolation room (for quite some time already I don't need to lead this dog into isolation: when I point my arm and finger, he knows that he's supposed to go there, and he does). And there he is, in isolation, for a few minutes. The fact that I turn the light off shows that I am upset despite acting calm.

We are going to bed early as I am very tired, and again Miguel has free run of the house, despite his earlier misbehavior. Yet I do block off the end of the terrace (where the bicycle is) with the sunlounger - I got used to doing this for the last couple of weeks already. The night is normal, and so I can't tell you more (I am sleeping).

But early morning I am awoken by a noise that Miguel is making out on the terrace, right in front of our shutter. The noise is like if he's climbing/jumping over the sunlounger that I put up as a barrier. I am thinking: "But it can't be that noise! He knows he's not allowed to cross the barrier."

Worried what's going on outside I am getting up early, and what do my eyes get to see when I glimpse on the terrace?

You've practiced guessing here and above, so why not give it a try? :mrgreen:

A record brake, that's what I see!

So, this puppy broke his record of being pee-free in the house AND on the terrace! I see pee on the terrace, and I see Miguel behind the makeshift barrier. A bit pee is before the barrier, and more is behind the barrier. Apparently he noticed that he had too much bladder pressure early in the morning, he tried to get to his self-determined "emergency potty", he couldn't easily reach it and so he peed a bit already before the barrier, then he managed to hop over it, and there he peed the remainder.

Many "disasters" have a funny note, and this one's is: Just yesterday we commuted to a huge DIY mall in another town, and I did remember to ask for an emergency potty place but they didn't have any! And now this! I clearly should have gotten one and placed it right there at the end of the terrace, Miguel's favorite place for such situations. :roll:

kitchen paper towel stockingWhile soaking up the pee with kitchen paper towel and then wiping over everywhere with Mr Muscle, I am wondering: Why did Miguel have to pee all of a sudden?

Well, as it turns out, it's already 9 am! And we went to bed early last night because I felt so very tired. Meaning, Miguel has already held on to his urine for 9 1/2 hours (normal has been 8 hours max). His moonshine meal is not at fault, he didn't get courgette/zucchini or such things with high water content. His drinking bowl is full too. So he really just "had to go" after this unusually long time for him.

puppy poopAccepting this fact - and having finished cleaning up - I use a Pawtizer to wipe off Miguel's paws, then I lead him through the living room out and downstairs. Once outside, he relieves right again. However, interestingly his first morning poop is tiny as you see here (very unusual for him). So I am wondering: "Hm, is he ill maybe?"

But during the day there is no such indication. Now I am relieved. :-D

While reflecting on Miguel's record-brake, in the afternoon I am realizing what is likely to have CAUSED the pup's bladder and bowel problem in the early morning hours: Recent nights have been unusually chilly here, and repeatedly I told Miguel "Don't sleep on the terrace tiles again. Why don't you come inside and sleep on the couch or the nap mat?" - But in no such chilly night he complied, I always saw him sleeping outside on the terrace tiles. Lying all night on the relatively cold tiles, this likely is what caused the pup's bladder and bowel problem!


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