Mabel's Fables - Amahle Blog 2
Welcome to Mabel's Fables, our new blog series following puppy owners who have been inspired by our journey with Mabel. We'll follow them as they bring home their new puppy and throughout their training journey.
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TANTRUMS, TEETHING & TRAINING
Tantrums, teething and training! If there’s 3 words to sum up the last 4 weeks, then I think that’s as close as you can get.
As I type this, it’s currently 0245 and I’m out in the garden (with Amahle), for the second time tonight.. Gotta love house training, right?
Thankfully, house training is going well now and we’re almost down to no “accidents” in the house. As long as I do my job (obviously) and listen to our girls cues for the poos!
As a whole, the last month has been a very real reminder of what it’s like to start from scratch with a new puppy.
We’ve now reached a point where Amahle is really starting to settle in and we’re starting to shape her into the dog that she needs to be.
It’s no secret that Amahle is a big and powerful dog. Although she is only 15 weeks old (and very cute), she already weighs the same as most adult, medium sized dogs. This makes any over excited play biting, or rough play very painful and potentially dangerous to the smaller members of the household. Of course, these are all things that we knew before choosing a Boerboel. Knowing this, we decided that if we were going to get this breed, then professional dog training came as part and parcel of owning the breed.
With that in mind, we have been having 1-1 dog training sessions weekly, whilst also training her ourselves daily. I must say the results are fantastic! Not only do we recognise problem behaviours before they become a real problem, but we also understand why these behaviours are taking place and most importantly, how we can avoid them from happening in the first place. All of this may sound like hard work, and it is! There’s no easy way to teach a 50+lb wrecking ball of puppy energy how to have good manners, it takes many hours of work each day, of course we love doing this and we love the results that we’re getting with Amahle. We’ve now ironed out a lot of her bad habits and have the basic commands down. She recalls, sits, waits and walks well on the lead.
But the key is respect. She has learnt that she must respect us, and our possessions (sorry family heirloom table that got chewed to bits)! I can’t stress enough how rewarding the training has been, and it’s really helped cement the bond with our dog. Although we have made a good start, we intend on furthering our canine knowledge with Wills perfect puppy course, to really take things to the next level.
It goes without saying that Amahle has been an absolute head turner on walks, and basically everybody that sees her has to stop and have a chat about her breed etc. It’s nice to be able to talk about her, but it does almost worry us that a breed like Amahle’s could become over popular. We wouldn’t change Amahle for the world but we do need to say that these dogs really aren’t suitable for everyone!
So that’s the first chapter of Amahles adventures, we can’t wait to share the rest of the journey with you!