Age: 2 Years Sex: Female Weight: 51-100 lbs
Leave a bone for Goshe
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Gosh, puppy girl
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January 18th 2012
November 28th 2011
Goshe loves run the perimeter of the yard, go for walks, go to the dogpark, play with her toys and sit or lay on the back step. When she is teething she needs something strong to chew! She loves to play and run, she never walks if she can run.
She doesn't like to ride in the vehicle, but she is getting better since I have only been taking her in the car to go to the dog park and back.
Anything she can chew or throw around. Some toys don't last long, others have lasted since I got her.
Her favorite treat is raw carrots.
Anywhere she can run free, especially where there are lots of trees. When we can't get to the dog park, she enjoys walking the roads in the graveyard. She stays on the roads and never bothers with the flowers or wreaths left at the graves.
I was given Goshe (Go-Shay) at about 8 weeks. She cried all the way home, but she had already spent 10 hours in a vehicle getting to me so it was understandable. She was also leaving her siblings. She weighed 12 lbs and looked just like a ball of fur when I got her. It took me 3 hours to chose her from her 8 siblings.
Goshe was very easy to house train. It took about a week. She chewed a book apart twice, and one pair of sandals. I take the blame for both incidents, knowing that her original family had used old shoes as 'toys'. She has dug 4 holes in the yard, and again I think it was my fault. She learned very quickly that BAD is not a good thing. She acted like she knew it was 'bad' before I had even found the holes. She was crate trained as a pup but grew out of her crate by summer, 6 months old, then after 5 months out of crate at our camp, she got an XL Giant crate. She just moved right in. The door is never closed but she likes to go there for naps and when she has a treat.
She was never one to try and steal her sisters food, and she never got upset if another went near her food and tried to take it. She doesn't have a problem with being touched or moved while eating. She just adjusts to the new position and carries on.
The only behaviours I really have had concerns about are her complete total dislike of using a leash and her dislike of getting into the vehicle.
We are still working on the leash issue. She is perfect off leash but that's illegal. If she is completely tired out she will tolerate it, just, but in order to tire her out I have to run her off leash first. I have tried various types of collars, gentle leader, choke collar, regular collar, wade collar, a slip collar.....the weirdest thing about it is that she has no problem being on a leash when she is on the treadmill??? We started using the treadmill when the older dog was too ill to go out, and she is fine with that. I am wondering if its just that I walk too slow for her when we are out and trying to use a leash...
Getting her into a vehicle has been getting easier with time. I used to have to catch her and she would just drop. I would have to carry her to vehicle. As she grew this became too difficult. It was horrible. Her sister loved car rides and she hated it. Not good. After we lost her sister I started taking her to the dog park only in the truck. 2 km ride there and back. So for the past month the truck has been associated with only the dog park. It is slowly getting better and someday I hope she gets over it and becomes a happy traveller.
She has always loved to herd people and dogs. That was an issue when she was about 3 months old when she was bitten by a older, big dog after nipping his privates. It was not a good time for us. She required medication and isolation for close to a month until she finished all her shots. She was fearful and would urinate in the house if she saw the other dog or his owner, but she was able to get over it. But being the good dog she is, they get along well now. She is now also bigger than that other dog!!
She loves playing outside, so she spends a lot of time going in and out. She has a doggy door in the summer but not in winter, which we truly miss! I am reminded I am the boss and shouldn't let her in and out, but I figure she has a fur coat and it could be a bit too warm in the house for her. So she goes outside for awhile, comes back in and gets snuggled while getting dried off and snowballs removed, then she goes back out again a few minutes later. Sometimes I think she only comes in for the snuggle, to check in with me, and get back to her job of 'guarding' her yard.
When she found her big girl voice I thought a giant dog had entered our yard, but nope, there was little Goshe barking at the leaves. I think she scared herself.
She doesn't bark at other dogs, which is amazing considering she has barkers on both sides of the fence. She just goes over, looks at them for a minute then comes and sits on the step. Or sometimes she will just hunker down and watch the barker through the fence. I am sure she wonders why those other dogs are barking all the time!!
She is very friendly with people and others dogs. She just wants to play. But if the other dogs don't want to play, she again hunkers down and waits for a new opportunity to arise. She learned from her 11 yr old "sister" who had painful joints that sometimes others can't play. This shows when she meets up with an older dog at the dog park. She is very gentle and will walk beside them but that's all unless they want to get frisky for a minute. She continues to be gentle with them though, no pushing or hip checking like she had learned that she has to do with some she meets. It's amazing to watch!!
Introducing her to the dog park was an experience for us both. It was kind of like sending a child off to school and them possibly returning home with all kinds of new words and different behaviours. Thankfully she is one of the best behaved dog there! She doesn't jump on people which some seem to enjoy!! She isn't aggressive like some of the dogs there, although at times I was worried she would get hurt if she didn't become a little more aggressive. One day a dog couldn't leave her collar alone and kept trying to drag her around by it. Apparently the other dog had an obsession with collars and this was a normal behaviour for him. She learned very quickly that she could and should outrun many of them. And she loves to run so she is happy. If a pack became too aggressive towards other dogs, she returns to me, while the owners of the aggressive dogs try to catch their dogs to remove them from the park. It has been quite the adventure for sure.
Why walk when I can RUN!! :)
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