Sling Shots.

24/01/2010 at 13:01 3 comments

Riding in the sling on the Tarka Trail.

Mingus reached the grand old age of 9 weeks yesterday, and has been with us for 1 of those weeks, so it seems like a good time for an update. He’s settled in incredibly quickly and remarkably easily, is very eager to learn and be trained – again, the miracle of clicker/treat training works every time, in every situation – and he and Phoenix are now inseparable…

What's that about letting sleeping dogs lie?

More sofa action.

He’s almost toilet trained, and today, for the first time, he trotted to the front door to ask to be taken to the toilet – where he gets a click and training treat. After some “howl” issues on nights 2 and 3, he’s  slept well for the last 4 nights in a row, and, with two night time trips out to the toilet area, he doesn’t wake ’til after 7:00AM, which is fine with us!

Sling ride.

Mindful of that vital 8 weeks to 12 weeks socialization window we’ve been taking Mingus out and about as much as possible so he can get used to all the wonders of his world. Because he’s not fully vaccinated for another 3 weeks he travels in the same baby sling that we used for Phoenix, which works fine for a while, but he’s already getting increasingly frustrated that he can’t zoom around like his big sister, and after 20 mins or so starts to get very wriggly.

Taking in the world.

"But Dad, I wanna get down and run around!"

Ultra-confident, so far he’s been unfazed  by all manner of people, dogs, prams, cycles etc. etc. and travels without any concern in the cars, but was a little spooked by the traffic when we went out and about in Torrington town yesterday, so that seems like the one area to focus on.

Curiouser and curiouser.

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Entry filed under: Belatarr, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Mingus, Observations, Socialisation, Training, Trips Out. Tags: , , , , , , , , , .

Mingus Touchdown. So that’s where the last month has gone…

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sam  |  24/01/2010 at 16:15

    phoenix looks like shes trying hard to ignore him in the top photo!

    Reply
  • 2. Phoenix  |  24/01/2010 at 17:45

    Yep, they’ve been running one another ragged whenever we allow it…that was a rare moment of relaxed calm!

    Reply
  • 3. Anna  |  07/02/2010 at 01:27

    we need to hear more Mingus adventures.. do you plan to show him? Do you do any hunting with your V’s or plan to? (may have asked that already)

    Reply

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