Oh my goodness!! I love this sequence. Beverly, Dutch is one hell of a good looking dog! You will not be able to go for a walk without someone stopping you.
If you are sick of him you can send him to me! 😉
Now that’s adorable! He is a chunk muffin, for sure – wow!
awwww. I had my face in his fur so many times I can feel it and smell it just looking at the pictures. I now feel the need to sleep, very….very…sleepy…..
Out for the count..but not for long I bet. Too cute.
He is just beautiful Bev. The difference I see between Dutch and Oso is that Oso looks darker to me with less of the red showing. Do you agree Julie since I have never seen them together.
That you, Kelli! I think they all look very much alike within this litter, with just subtle differences. I agree that Dutch has a little more red showing now, but he’s been changing week by week. Using a flash really brings out the red. As his markings develop, I see more red. Julie and the others can probably tell us more about this. Remember back when they were almost totally black? It hasn’t been that long ago. It would be interesting to know when their colors and markings are considered fully developed. I just love each stage of this process. I see an ear sticking up now and then, only to collapse. I love the cute little puppy ears! Of course, I really would be disappointed if they weren’t both up as an adult. I haven’t seen that to occur in any of the AT dogs, have you? Even if it the ears didn’t go up, I’d love him totally. Isn’t it amazing how quickly we develop a deep bond together? Dutch watches me all day long, already following me from room to room. Of course, I watch him just as much!
I did wonder if it was a flash issue. He is just gorgeous no matter what – Dutch has a sweet expression. I met both of the boys when they were three weeks old but I bet I could not have told them apart without their collars. Now I feel like I could pick Oso out of a big group of GSD’s. Oso has not had any hint of his ears sticking up.
Oso cries when I leave the room even if Dan is with him. Dan’s feelings were hurt at first. This is getting better since Dan has started training him and taking him for walks. Dan has taught him to sit, lay down, stay and come. He is working on “go to your place”.
I wish I had some cure for the biting. He is sleeping better and I agree with you – that he sleeps better if he eats more. @Beverly
Gosh, Kelli, these pups are smart! Dutch knows the same commands, except I haven’t tried the “go to your place” yet. I’ve introduced retrieving, and he is a natural retriever. I love that because they can get so much exercise retrieving while we just stand in place. (How lazy am I?)
Dutch stops biting me or a boot or rug any time I say, “leave it!” I taught the “leave it – take it” routine very early because it’s so useful for that annoying nipping or chewing on things they shouldn’t have, or that could be harmful. We are using operant conditioning with the clicker. It’s so easy for Dutch to know what he’s doing right because he hears the “click” at the exact moment of the desired behavior. You should see how quickly he releases anything when he hears me say “leave it!” Then, he sits there waiting for a reward. I’m trying to fade the treat, and just provide him with something acceptable to chew, tug, or play with. Often, I’ll just give him an ice cube, and he’s happy. He’s starting to manipulate me, though. He knows he’s not supposed to nip, but he’ll occasionally just run over, grab my pant leg, immediately release it, and sit there looking up at me for his treat! Gotta fade that treat fast!
Very cute pictures!
I really like the idea of leave it. I am going to talk to Dan about that idea.
The ice cube is another thing they have in common. Oso loves to bat ice cubes on the wood floor like a hockey puck. He chews the ice cubes too. He loves anything that has to do with water. I think I may put him in the tub tomorrow with some warm water and see what he does. He sure is fun but I am so worn out.
Ditto on all the above, Kelli – double ditto on the worn out part! Reminds me of those early days with my babies: it’s not easy, but we love them beyond words and enjoy them totally!
I think the tub sounds like a great idea. I may heat up the bathroom and put on my swimsuit – from what I’ve seen him do with his water dish, this isn’t going to be a spectator sport! I want him to get used to the sound and feel of the hair dryer, too.
He wh will get in any water he can. Last night he tipped over his water dish with both paws and then happily played in the water on the floor.
We had somw friends over last night that we play Euche with at least one week. The wife (Linda) played hide and seek with Oso and he just loved it. He was totally worn out after that and so was Linda. You may want to try that with Dutch.
Oh how cute! I’ll definitely try the hide and seek game – sounds like fun! Dutch hasn’t tipped over his water dish yet, but he loves to step in it. It has a flare bottom, so it doesn’t tip when he steps on the rim. I’m sure he’ll find a way, though.
I’ve been teaching “go to bed,” click/treating when he goes into his crate. Even though my Lab hasn’t had a crate since he was 4 months old, he quickly saw that Dutch was getting a treat for going into it, so big old Beaumont was trampling Dutch as he tried to get into Dutch’s crate when I said “go to bed!” I just had to give him a treat after he succeeded in squeezing himself inside!
That Beaumont – he is reverting to his puppyhood. He deserved a treat.
Too funny Beverly. When we set up the crate for Ivan when he was a pup Dylan squeezed right into it. We have a picture of the two of them in the crate together!
The first time Ivan stayed in a motel we set up a crate in the room. We left the door open while we were watching TV and the next thing Dylan was in the crate and Ivan was stretched out on the floor. You can see the pictures from the blog post in April 2010 at: