Baby Thor

Baby Thor

Training Thor

In January 2010, Thor, a 5-month-old weimaraner, came crashing into my life.

Here, I will outline the steps taken to train him to be a well-mannered dog,

to do agility, and to perform some service dog tasks.

At five months, he is pretty wild.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Stress of Moving

Anyone who has ever moved (and who hasn't?) knows how stressful it can be.  Thor, in his short life, knew two moves and a hectic middle home.  Last night, it occurred to me that those stressors may well have delayed his housetraining.  Young puppies moving to their first (hopefully permanent) home are known to be stressed enough that it is recommended to separate the move from any vaccinations due.  This is especially true in breeds predisposed to vaccine reaction. 

As he settles in, the accidents have become far less.  Of course, he is older now, too, and the decrease in urination may well be due to maturity.  But he is needing only one trip out during the night lately, and that feels luxurious!

After a treatment with IV Solumedrol on Thursday, I was unable to sleep (a typical side effect) at all Thursday night into Friday.  So I had the opportunity to observe Thor's nighttime/sleep habits.  Except for getting up to go out once, he never stood up.  Even when I walked by, he watched me, but stayed lying down.  Nice relaxation.

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