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Heat, spaying, and other fun stuff

January 22nd 2009 11:20 am
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I was going to get Shamps spayed at the end of this month... She went into heat a little sooner than I thought. I am going through my first heat with a female dog. The good thing about Shamps is that she is already an inside dog and only goes outside in the mornings and evenings for runs and walks...

I am going to get her spayed as soon as she is out of heat... Some people told me that she can be spayed while in heat. I don't think I want to do that... I knew nothing about the heat cycle because I had only had two female dogs before and I had them spayed at an early age...

I am sorry I waited so long and put off getting her spayed... So many people tell me dogs change after being fixed (this applies to both males and females)... I have never had a problem with a fixed dog. I even owned a female rottweiler who was sweet before and after being fixed... I think it really depends on the training experience of the owner.

I would love to become a professional dog trainer. Shamps is not, however, trained to do tricks. She is not a show dog (I have owned a few).

Shamps is trained to be alone in a house and not make a mess. Shamps is trained to go outdoors and in the bathroom only if she really needs to go and I'm not available to take her outdoors (this trick took me 5 months to perfect).

Shamps knows a few common commands: sit, stay, lay down, down and off, up, go, stand, and come here. Shamps knows a few uncommon commands: run, slow, walk (these are for running), and calm (this is for meeting people). Shamps also understands ouch...

I am young, but I have been training dogs since I was in diapers... Please feel free to become my friend for any tips.


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