Happy Bday Bleu – New Dog Ownership

  That was the very first moment that I met Bleu. Adorable? Check. Had to have her? Check. Ready for her? Absolutely not! That didn’t mean that Betty and I (mostly me) were ready to embark on having a dog as part of our family.

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Bottom is Bleu and Datsyuk, her big bro and good friend.

  Raising a puppy wasn’t easy. Could we have been more prepared? Of course! But the opportunity to get Bleu came up thanks to Pete… and I didn’t want to miss out. We had started researching dogs maybe a month before and had visited the pound once or twice to see if any of the ones we met there would be a good fit.

  Taking home a puppy is tough. We got Bleu exactly at 8 weeks and in retrospect, wish we would have left her with her parents for a little bit longer. She had a bad case of separation anxiety from her family and cried for almost a whole week throughout the night. Our biggest mistake was tending to her every time she did cry. I think we were over worried that something was wrong or if she was in pain or too cold or etc…

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Bleu, refusing to walk at 4 months old.

Here are some other tips that I learned in the first 6 months:

  • Luckily, I live close to home, so going home at lunch for a walk and some play time is a must
  • Routine, routine, routine – a solid routine and schedule will get your puppy behaving sooner than you believe! Especially when it comes to potty training
  • Potty training… if you must use the pee pad, ween him/her off ASAP! We didn’t, and that was the hardest part of her training
  • Be stern with your training and be the boss. No means no and constantly reinforce good behavior while shunning bad behaviors. Do this EVERY SINGLE DAY
  • Exercise them daily! Long walks, running around a grass field, the dog park, going to new places, etc… If not, dogs can get pent up energy and be destructive, develop bad habits or worse!
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Bleu at the dog park at 1yr.

  Finally, as she’s grown up, she’s developed her own personality. She loves to perch on top of the couch like a cat. She loves to lick the sweat off my arms. Sunbathing is a must even if there’s only a sliver of light. And she loves eating pretty much anything. Enjoy the last pic of her giving us a little sassy eye. Happy bday Bleu!

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