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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-13-2008, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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A milestone for Castro

My boy turns 4 months (16 weeks) on Saturday!!!!

According to my vet, he has completed the series of shots he requires; he is 5.2 lbs today - yay!

I am also very proud to say that Castro:
* Knows his name
* Comes when called (with and without treats!)
* Sits
* Stays
* Goes Down
* Heels, and sits when waiting to cross
* Fetches and returns
* "Almost" housebroken (he had an accident over the weekend)
* Very social with people and dogs

My question is - - Is there anything I am missing that I should be training him on? He just finished a 5 week puppy course, and we are planning on continuing his training.

I am also curious to know if this is on par with dogs his age? What can I expect him to know at 6 months? 1 year?

Needless to say, I am so very proud of my little one!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-13-2008, 01:40 PM
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Wow, that is something to be very proud of. I'm very impressed, especially the coming when called. Mine do that outside the house but inside it depends on what they happen to be doing when I call.
Congratulations.

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Wow, it sounds like he is doing great!
Todd is 13 weeks and has mastered
*sit
*down
*roll over
*come(with a treat)
*has learned his name
*up...he walks on his hind legs about 3ft as well.
*He fetches and returns most of the time.
* He's still working on stay but is improving every day.
Potty training is going pretty well but he has accidents if we're not paying enough attention to his signals. He goes to the door and waits and if no one comes along in 20-30 seconds he pee's on the floor..totally our fault..not his.
I need to get him out more to socialize.
We go places a couple of times a week but it's hard to do because I can't put him down to potty and he has a pretty small bladder.
He just got his second set of shots and so I'm hoping that he'll be safe to play other places soon.

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Fabulous! I'm such an advocate of investing the time the first year to make an awesome dog that you'll have for such a long time. If you feel like it, it's really fun to teach them tricks. "Roll Over" is one of my favorites. And "leave it" Bell ringing to go outside to potty is very useful.

Oh and just keep practicing that "recall" command. I've heard that many people teach an emergency word so that if they take off, they know in no uncertain terms that word means stop!

Susan, I agree. Buddy has completely forgotten the "come when called" command, so I've just ordered a 15-foot long training lead to get him retrained. Although I think the guy might be a bit hard of hearing. LOL


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Sounds like he is doing great! They do have learning curves. I have a friend with a puppy of a another toy breed and we kind of measure our dogs against each other (friendly competition) and they are both hitting that learning curve at 8 months where they start deciding what is the most fun- you or what else is happening! Those happen and you just have to reinforce the behavior you want to win

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Wow - he is doing great! Or should I say, you are. I think one of the most important things to include is "leave it". So that should you drop one of your pills on the floor - I personally have never done that - you can stop him before he grabs it. Should be a piece of cake for your little guy!

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training is a never ending story . It is limitless. Just remember to reinforce everthing you teach your dog or else it can extinguish. Just like children. Always make it fun and they will thank you many times over. Good for you. You have a great attitude.

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Good job!! I highly recommend keeping it up. It sounds like you have a great little boy there. I would recommend keeping socializing him with people throughout his first year, especially Kids & Older people. Those two seem to be a problem for dogs because they look "weird".

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Great advice Estrella - socialization with people of all kinds and all different types of situations before the age of 16 weeks can make a world of difference. I even snuck one of my puppies into an office building and rode the elevators. I begged every delivery person to pet my puppy, kids, even police officers. Anyone who might look different than your family is a safe bet for having one perfectly socialized dog.


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Thanks for all the great advise, folks! "Leave it" and "Recall" is the next on the list when I meet with the trainer next week.

Regarding socialization, although the SO and I have had dogs before, Castro is our first dog together. Both of us agree that Castro should be exposed to whatever/whoever is out there!

Castro does his puppy/dog socialization at the dog run, and at puppy day care. Since we take him to 2-3 different places (depends on where the SO and I are during the day), he meets a lot of different dogs/people.

We've also exposed Castro to public transportation - in addition to riding in our car, Castro has been on the train to NYC; he's ridden the subway, taken the bus, and yes, taxi cabs, too! He sits in my tote during the ride, and I let him walk once we are on the street.

I've walked him on the street during rush hour, and lunch time. While walking, Castro will sometimes sit on his own, wag his tail as if to say "pet me, I'm cute!" to anyone who looks at him! So, sooo cute!

I am hoping that he continues to learn from us, and as his "parents", continue to reinforce these good behaviors. This forum has helped me tremendously in understanding the breed better, enabling me to adjust how I deal with Castro accordingly.

Thanks again!
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