I've finally posted new photos of Zoey. Once her adult coat was fully established, she no longer had the matting problem. The pictures were taken about 4 months after we had her coat cut really short. She is very soft and fluffy now. How is Puka doing? Did you have the same problems when her adult coat came in?
She is such a pretty girl...I laugh every time I see that toilet paper pic!!! She looks like shes saying"why are you looking at Me....you cant prove it was me!!!!" Bridgette loves to do this too she'll terroize any kleenex she can sniff out.
I would say he did it through his first year, but it tapered off (he's five years old now) throughout his puppyhood. The technique I used was the "No Bites" method the Monks of New Skete describe in their book "The Art of Raising a Puppy." Simply, when they want to mouth or chew on something (people or things), you hold their jaws together, while saying "No Bites," even when the puppy starts squirming and is uncomfortable. Billy got the message about biting people quickly, but we had to be careful about chewable objects for a while. I learned to buy him toys that were hard rubber or indestructible like tennis balls, and that cloth stuffed animals or other chew toys would just disintegrate quickly. Of course they need something to chew on while their teeth come in and to keep their mouths clean. As I mentioned, Billy was kennel trained, and was in his kennel when he was left alone until he got to be mature enough to have free run of the house by himself -- that was a judgement call, and I don't remember how old he was.
I remember the conversation - glad you have your little one now. When Billy was growing up, anything made of leather that was also expensive seemed to find its way into his mouth - he didn't just chew it, he actually ate a couple of belts that I had left in reach, all the way down to the buckle. He was kennel trained, and I used to put old bath towels in as bedding since they were easy to clean. Had to stop - he started chewing through those too. Not to worry, it will pass.
Forgot to mention that Zoe came from Dolly and Max as well. While she's not as heavy as my golden retriever, she's nearly as tall. Great size because we can still pick her up if we need to. She's done very well in obedience and I'm hoping AKC will open up their obedience trials so I can show her there. I've added more photos of Zoe swimming and diving.
That is a recent pic. It's hard to tell if she still has puppy fur since I shaved her as a lion all summer long and it's just now coming back in. She still swims in our pool multiple times a day and I just had to trim her short.
Zoe was 2 in March of this year. She weighs about 50 lbs. and during the summer we keep her very short because she's always in the lake or in the pool and her fur mats. She had her first haircut at 9 months and she had to be shaved because of the mats. Now she's on a 4 week grooming schedule. We're going to experiment with keeping her longer during the winter since we cover our pool and she won't be swimming. She does "pool surf" on the pool cover which is pretty funny.
Too Cute! Sugar will be 1 in December. Just posted a few min ago and haven't had time to put Sug's pic on but your pup looks so much like ours. We live in Sunset Valley/71 and Brodie Lane South Austin. Is she a Standard? Sugar is but she's really a midget.
The adult coat started coming in when she was about a year old. The long puppy hair got really thin and started breaking then gradually just disappeared as the adult coat came in. We cut it before it was all gone because she was looking really messy. But, who knows, maybe Puka's hair will be different. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. :>)