Thursday, February 25, 2010

This & That

Off to the vet today!  Nope, nothing's wrong with was just time for his last puppy vaccination.  As usual, he was a trooper and although excited, behaved pretty well for us.  At 4 1/2 months old, Alfie's between 18 and 19 inches at the shoulder, and weighs in at just over 26 pounds.   I wonder how much of that is fur?

I recently had to give him a haircut around the face, as his shaggy locks hung over his eyes, blocking peripheral vision.  I learned with our last doodle puppy that  this can really hinder their work on overhead obstacles!  Now his face fur is trimmed to about an inch and a half, and the rest of his coat is still around three and a half inches.  Sooo...he looks...FAT!  Dr. Boggs even thought so, until she felt under all the fur and said, nope, she could feel all the ribs and he was just the right weight.  When the weather warms up a bit, I'll see about trimming the rest of him so he seems a little more proportional.  Until then, we'll just enjoy all that soft cuddly fur!

We're still working on those long down/stays I mentioned a couple of posts back.  I think right now, that's his biggest "working" challenge.  We've been practicing a lot, and I think we'll just have to be patient.  There is some progress though...I've been taking him to church with me and last week, one of my young students observed, "Wow, Alfie's so much better this week!  Last week he was terrible, but this week he's way better!" Kids always tell it to you straight, don't they?  I love it! 

Alfie's in that period of puppyhood that our book calls cryptically, "the juvenile period."  According to these experts of understatement, at this time "Chewing is a priority." That is their gentle way of expressing that chewing is almost the ONLY thing the puppy does!   When Alfie notices something new, you can tell his brain is assessing:  #1--Can I fit it in my mouth?  #2--How good is it to chew?  (everything is good to chew -- only some things are better than others, e.g. erasers, pencils, dolls...) and of course there's #3--Can I chew it without being noticed?  In Alfie's defense, I'll note that there's excellent reason for his chewing...he's teething like crazy.  And also, whenever I notice him chewing something inappropriate, all I really have to do is ask him to "fetch" it for me, then substitute it with something actually meant for puppies.  He's got a lot of growing up to do, that's all!


Toby- The dog with a blog said...

You look so fluffy!

Good luck with your down-stays, sounds like you are already doing better!

Toby's Raiser

Erin and GuidePupPompei said...

Nothing like a little patience and perseverance! Today was Pompei's vet day as well,he's 1.5 heavier than Alfie :)

Natalie said...

Haha! I wanted to say something on your last post about him having a tiny head but didn't want to be mean.. now there's a reason for it lol.. at least he's proportional :)

Bob's a pretty big chewer too, I want to get him some Orbee dog toys (bone shaped) but need to wait till pay day :)

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

In photos, he always looks like such a big dog! (Not fat, just large.) So I did a double take when you said he's only 26 pounds. That fluffy fur is deceiving in photos!

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

Natalie -- yeah, I thought I'd better mention it b/c you DO notice, his head looks all little now! So funny. At least he can see better!

Mimi -- yeah, he does "seem" bigger than he really is. I think it's part fur, part attitude! :-)

Becky said...

Such a cute little guy. Cricket is cheering him on those downs - stays ... not easy for a puppy.

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

Are you sure you don't have a copy of Hosta at the end of your leash? We get our last shots tomorrow - so let's hope Hos is as good as a trooper as Alfie.

Clive said...

Good luck with the down-stays but you seem to be making great progress!

We love your coat but I got a bit of a trim on Friday - was looking a lot like you but now ... well, its not too bad, at least my face is still long and fluffy for the NSLM.

take care
Clive and the NSLM