|Barked: Wed Jan 16, '13 2:46pm PST |
|No need to panic! You have a lot of time to have some vision and develop puppy raising strategies. That's the best way to "no mistakes."
Jealousy means they can get emotional about you giving other dogs attention. Bedlingtons are a bit velcro, and have a very strong attachment to their owners. VERY bond driven. So here, very important for a puppy parent that if you are giving attention to Jasper, maybe start by giving puppy something else to do (a nice bone, perhaps!), which is foundational conditioning, and eventually weaning off that sort of indulgence and be sure the puppy is allowing space. Treat/feed Jasper first. That's not an alpha thing , but with a potentially jealous dog just a good structure. Understanding that another dog getting attention or good stuff doesn't leave them out. Try to keep things even, fair, but be consistent and lay down the law. I would follow general alpha policies not for the alpha sake, but the dog learns how to share you and your bounties and feels no threat. Otherwise, you may end up with a dog who is constantly budding in which, yes, sometimes can direct an aggression. Sometimes not, sometimes it is just the dog is unsettled when others get your attention or they try to force their way in. Encouraging confidence in the puppy, and also some sort of etiquette, is what you want to do from the start. This includes the first week puppy is home, eh? Just START right and you don't have problems.
Even if SA is not a huge issue for you, it still goes to bear that for a well adjusted Beddie from the outset they should be worked with re feeling at ease with separation. So work on positive blocks of time where the Beddie pup is having a quiet time. This also helps with potential jealousy....if they are comfortable not being around you constantly. Did that make sense to you?
Re the cats, your biggest problem is Jasper chasing the more flighty cat. Think about it....a puppy who can mature to an intense chase drive gets this example. Maybe you can see if you can work on that behavior a little? For that's not a good modeling for the Beddie, who has the potential to "go there" naturally. All that said, raised in the home and encouraged to respectful behavior, you are likely ok through good parenting.
This really is a breed you need an emergency command on, such as a drop, due to the chasing behavior, which can put them at risk in opening settings. Just putting that bee in your bonnet, for they can be gone in a flash. You can work that command when working with a flirt pole, also.
I'd be there to coach and help you develop good strategies, too. Just to lay down a good format before puppy arrives so your basic battle plan is familiar to you well before the puppy arrives, so that you'll be well stocked and ready to raise a perfect pup. And I will be jealous Very!
Health tests you want the biopsy, eye, cardiac and patella.
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