Eight Acres - the blog — puppy

Giant Gus turns one

Feb 15 2017 0 Comments Tags: dog, dogs, puppy

Gus arrived here last April, only 6 weeks old and taken from his mother and litter and everything he knew in the world. Poor wee fella. He was much younger than Taz when she first arrived, and we noticed the difference, he cried at night and when we left for work. The first week he was here, Pete had to go to a course in Brisbane, so I was home alone with the dogs and had my first week at my new...

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Raising a big dog vs raising a working pup

Aug 24 2016 0 Comments Tags: dog, dogs, puppy

Just so you know, this post is mostly an excuse to show off some photos of my big Gussy, but I did want to also share some observations about Gus' puppyhood compared to Taz, because so far they have been very different puppies. I have been asked if Taz is helping to get all of Gus' wiggles out, but really I think Taz is still more wiggly than Gus, even though she is 2.5 years old now.

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More about our big Gus the Great Dane pup

May 23 2016 0 Comments Tags: dog, puppy

Little Gussy puppy is nearly four months old and he's already 15 kg and growing quickly.  I had some great responses to my last post about training Gus, so I wanted to update and explain some of the things we do with our dogs to encourage obedience.

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Puppy Gus - training a big dog

Apr 26 2016 0 Comments Tags: dog, puppy

Little Gus is only 10 weeks old, and he's growing quickly (by 2.5 kg/week lately).  He's a Great Dane crossed with a Ball Arab. So we really don't know how big he's going to get, but possibly close to Great Dane size, which is giant compared to any other dogs we've owned. Gus is our future security system, and with his likely large size, its really important that he is obedient and responsive to commands.

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Cattle dog training day with Taz

Oct 03 2014 0 Comments Tags: dog, dogs, kelpies, puppy

We are not exactly sure when Taz was born, but when we bought her in the first weekend of January 2014, she was 11 weeks old, so counting backwards, that puts her birthday in the second week of October, which means Taz is now one year old, give or take a few days. Happy Birthday Taz!  So how did she go at cattle dog training school?

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How to make a dog box

Aug 18 2014 0 Comments Tags: dog, dogs, kelpies, puppy

We only have a single cab ute, so any time it was too hot or too cold for Cheryl to ride on the tray, and we thought she should really be in the cab, she would end up laying on my lap. And at 25kg, she is not a lap dog! A few years ago when we agreed to look after a second dog (Chime), Pete decided to build a dog box so they could both sit safely and comfortable on the back of the ute in all weather.

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