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Patti and Molly
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Mar 22, 2016 at 09:46
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If I ever write a book, the title is going to be, "What a difference a few weeks can make!"

I think back to January - just 3 months ago now - when I was in the depths of despair about Molly. Then we lost Molly, and we got Allie. And Allie is my beautiful little baby....but she was (is!) a beautiful little ball of terrier attitude.

The first few weeks all she wanted to do was bite. Mostly it was play biting - after all, she was just 10 weeks old and all of a sudden was pulled away from her siblings and was thrust into a new home with just humans to play with.

But there was also some serious terrier testing going on with her too. She wants to be an alpha, no doubt about it. She tested me in ways I never expected.

But again, what a difference a week can make.

I'm happy to report I think we've turned the corner. Part of it is simply due to her growing. up. She's 16 weeks old now and is already so much calmer - and happier. She's finally accepted she's not going to be in charge. We have to remind her sometimes when she gets playing too hard, but she has accepted it and seems happier for it.

I can also now finally just snuggle her, love on her, and she melts into my arms and enjoys it. Up until a week or so ago, all she wanted to do was bite! And she still comes up teeth sometimes. But when she does that now, it's without any intensity or aggression, more just playing and interacting.

She's a major food hound. So I've started training her with treats, and she is shockingly smart. She learned sit, knows the concept of stay but her puppy attention span flakes out after 20 to 30 seconds so it's a work in progress. I make her sit/stay for her feedings too and that's helped a ton. She's learned several phrases too, and is already - at just 16 weeks! - starting to ask to go outside to go potty. She is also just within the last week starting to respond very well to a simply, calm "no." When I tell her "no" I can see her little puppy brain processing it. Sometimes she accepts the no, other times she decides to ignore me...and I expect that with a 4 month old puppy. Calmly redirecting her is finally working well in those situations.

She still hates - and I mean HATES being brushed. So we're continuing to work on that with treats and quick sessions.

The other problem we're having is that a week or so ago, she had a vaccination that hurt her. And just prior to that vaccination, the vet didn't like the way Steve was restraining her for the shot, so the vet showed Steve how to hold her tightly and then Steve did it, and then she got a shot that hurt. So you see where this is going.....now every time someone holds her tightly and comes "at her" with something, she totally freaks out from fear. :(  We figured this out when we tried to hold her and brush her the next day and she lost it, poor little girl. :( Then we needed to hold her tightly to try to get some mud and poo off her butt with a baby wipe a day or so after that, and she freaked out again.

You can hold her tightly and love on her, and that's fine. But if someone holds her while trying to do something to her, she's terrified.

So again, we're trying to work through it with lots of love, treats, and quick sessions.

We start puppy kindergarten next Wednesday night. That will be good for all of us.

So yeah, what a difference a week or two can make. You can go from the depths of despair, to getting a puppy, to thinking you brought home a rabid badger, to finally being able to snuggle and love that furry little girl and watching her blossom right before your eyes.

She's going to be a lot of work - but wow, she's going to be such a good dog!


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Sir William
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Mar 22, 2016 at 09:55
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Sounds like she is starting to get it!!!!

Just keep up what you are doing and I am sure it will work out fine.

Good luck at school!!!!

Love Sir William ^--^

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Iver and Sailor
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Mar 22, 2016 at 12:31
• David
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Patti, I'm glad Allie is getting along so well
You and Steve are good loving parents.

The first time I took Sailor to the vet to get vaccinations
the moment Dr. Castle tried to inject him at the back of his neck
he yelped and shook so hard that Dr. Castle couldn't administer the vaccine.
He had to take Sailor to the back room where a vet tech could hold him
I soon heard Sailor yelp from the back room. Poor Sailor
Thankfully he grew out of that stage and for the past 8 years
Sailor sits still for the vaccinations and doesn't seem to feel
the pain from the shot.

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Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie
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Mar 22, 2016 at 12:54
• Deborah
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Ah, sounds like Allie has her terriertude going on big time! LOL  Really, would you want her any other way? Emmie still hates being brushed and she'll be two in August. Funny, the groomer says she's a doll when she's down there, but with us, it's a struggle to get her brushed every day. It's too bad Allie had such a bad experience at the vet's. Emmie's been a drama queen since the very beginning--squeeling before the needle even gets near her! Kelsie was just the opposite and with all the medical attention she had to go through, it was a blessing. Every dog has their own traits and personality. We just have to love them and figure out how to help them be the best that they can be. Good luck, and I'd love to see a picture of her!
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Patti and Molly
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Mar 22, 2016 at 14:29
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Thanks so much for the replies everyone. It's fun to share puppy updates with people who I know love dogs as much as I do. :)

Deb, I still can't figure out how to post pictures here! I'm not usually this stupid, but for some reason this site confuses the heck out of me. I've put several up on Facebook. If someone can give me instructions on how to get those to show up here, I'd be thrilled to share them. .

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NimbySue
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Mar 22, 2016 at 17:46
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That's a super post and update Patti.all part of puppy learning and growing up...Oh How wonderful the memories are when we had our Collie Emma from a wee one..it did not take her long to learn anything I must say...we hope you can show us some more Allie pictures  and she will have great fun at the kindergarten classes...Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Diana
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Mar 23, 2016 at 04:58
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That's great news. I actually found Izz a little easier than I did with Maddie, but then that could be because when it came to Maddie I hadn't had a puppy for 14 years. Plus Maddie has the same desire to play and love of toys and the same energy level as Izz. They wear each other out which is fantastic.

Izz is far better at injection time she doesn't flinch and she loves to be groomed, although I do what I did with Maddie as in put her on the grooming table and use the grooming noose. Maddie was dreadful to groom otherwise. Whereas Kelsi and Hannah would sit on the couch or chair or stool quite happily. Izz has not been a real biter, but then she does use her teeth on Maddie so maybe that's why. Maddie was a little nipper, well more of a mouther and still is, she doesn't bite but she mouths. 

Look forward to seeing some pics.

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Gracie aka White Bullet
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Mar 23, 2016 at 05:50
• Ellen
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Gracie didn't like being brushed for a good 2 years. She is not food motivated but did well with the treat training for sit/stay. Only if it was cheese!! She potty trained immediately which we found amazing. We continue to work with her every day and she will be 10 soon. People stop us all the time and ask how we got a terrier to listen and behave so well. We just tell them lots of love, patience and perseverance. My trainer told me that every dog can be trained (it helped to work with someone for a few weeks too).

Good luck!!


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Toby and Suzie's Mom
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Mar 24, 2016 at 14:45
• Mary Ann
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Yep!!!! She's a true Westie Puppy!!!!



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Casey
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Mar 25, 2016 at 12:49
• Theo
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Patti, I love your posts and I'm overjoyed to hear how well Allie is doing.  I know she will be a wonderful dog, cause she's got wonderful parents ;) It's too bad the vet insisted on Steve holding Allie tightly but hopefully she'll get over that soon. Maybe just brushing her without holding her will allow her fears to calm down.    I look forward to all your updates and watching this little one grow and thrive, thank you so much for sharing her with us all.

hugs to you, Steve and Allie,
Theo

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