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I thought I'd update you all on how Bolt is doing. Bolt has got sit, stay, paw (shake), crawl, and Lay-down, down perfectly. Bolt has almost mastered come, but outside he gets a little distracted also when his cat siblings are around. Bolt isn't responding to the Bell training method, but so far we have not had anymore accidents. So, far I have been adjusting my schedule to take him out every 20 minutes. I am in the process of teaching him the "speak" command. so that he can use his voice when he needs to go out. I am impressed with how fast he is learning, but boy is he growing fast! I am going to take him to the Vet later this week for shots and a check-up, I'll give you the stats when I get them. He eats a lot now, he eats 3 cups of food a day, spread out through 3 separate feedings I wonder if I am feeding him enough, or too, little. I think that's all for now. I have enjoyed the help I am receiving here, and the pics of your doodles. I will comment etc as I can. I am busy mom of 4 human kids, 3 of which live with me  and one is my step-daughter, 2 cat kids, and of course my doodle Bolt :)

Thanks

Steph

***I do have one question though, what can I do decrease the sharpness of his nails and how do you trim them? I have only gone to professionals before.

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Comment by Stephaine Moctezuma-Hernandez on May 16, 2012 at 12:38am

So, here's another quick update~ Bolt is all caught up on shots, he is healthy and 25lbs. He is a big boy who has outgrown one collar now. He is a happy well behaved dog (for the most part) and now barks or whines to go outside. The leash thing...that's another story.

By the way, thanks bruce I have learned how to clip bolt's nails. 

Comment by Jo Bill on May 4, 2012 at 11:31pm

Sounds like Bolt is learning a lot.  Doodles are so very smart!  Sorry to hear he's not responding to the bells.  Guess it's just not for everyone.  You will figure out what works best for you.  Taking him out every 20 min is a good start.  That's what we did, too.  Thanks for the update...I've been wondering how he's doing.  Keep posting when you can.

Comment by Stephaine Moctezuma-Hernandez on May 3, 2012 at 1:40pm

Laurie, Nug & Puk, 

Thanks so much! His nails are always sharp no matter how long of a walk, I'll try the file!

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on May 2, 2012 at 5:30pm

Stephanie I forgot to tell you, you can use a regular nail file on them if the nail feels sharp after cutting it. Usually a quick walk around the block will take any rough edges off.

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on May 2, 2012 at 5:28pm

I use the regular nail clippers Bruce, I like this scissor type and it's easier to do if you do it about every 3 weeks, that way you only really have to cut the tips off and don't have to worry about cutting the quick.  None of my guys will tollerate the electric stuff. If you are worried about cutting them for the first time, have your groomer or vet show you how. The easiest way to tell is to turn the foot over and never cut the nail where it looks solid. only cut the hollow part. Electric trimmers are just as dangerous, Like Bruce said they get hot and can burn the nail.

Comment by Stephaine Moctezuma-Hernandez on May 2, 2012 at 1:51am

Bruce thanks so much for all your advice! 

I am going to get Bolt's nails done professionally and I will be able to be there and watch what they are doing and I am going to get a pair of nail clippers so that I can do them at home. Bolt has been professionally cleaned and he was measured today. 38 inches from tip of the nose to tip of the tail, and 32 inches from the top of his head to the floor. I'll get better info from the Vet on Friday. :)

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on April 30, 2012 at 4:29pm

OH....and the electric nail trimmers ?  Don't waste your money...they are rough on the nails unless really done carefully by a VERY experinced groomer...and they get hot really fast and the dog doesn't like it.

Laurie...you do your Nug and Puk's nails, don't you ?  What do you think ?

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on April 30, 2012 at 4:27pm

Hello Steph...

Potty training is probably the hardest and most frustrating part.  I'm so glad that my Ginger was already trained when we got her...don't know if I'd be up the the patience and work it takes.  Funny, tho...when you read all the blogs, you'll see that most doodles catch on rather quickly.  Recommend googling and reading all the "dog potty training" you can find and pick the one that works.

As for toe-nails...THAT's the hard part and training NEEDS to be done NOW !  My Ginger must have had a really bad experience, because it takes my groomer AND me to hold Ginger when we cut her front nails...rear nails, not so bad, but front ones...WOW !

Any good pet store will have dog nail clippers..DO NOT...I repeat...DO NOT go the inexpensive route. You will regret it, and they won't work as your dog gets bigger.  Get the strongest, biggest metal ones you can.  That will make it easier to cut when Bolt is young...and maybe you can avoid the bad experience.  Also...get a stick of the blood clotter (can't remember the brand name my groomer uses), cuz sure as hell, sooner or later, you're going to cut a quick and will panic when Bolt starts bleeding.

Start the training by getting Bolt familiar with you handling and holding his paws...best to get him when he is resting...and just hold his paws for a bit...and play with his "fingers".  Then, let him smell and sorta "play" with the clipppers....clip one nail, then STOP.  Wait several hours or a day or so to do the next.  Give treats !  Let him know its not anything to be afraid of.  That's why its best to use heavy duty clippers...you will be fearful at first, and he will sense it.  Try not to be...one cut...treat...play... Soon...maybe a few weeks, you will be able to cut them with little problem.

Suggestion...if you take Bolt to a groomer, be sure to MAKE them let you watch the nails get cut.  My experience has been that "some" groomers are really hard and severe with the dog...that sets up a problem in the future.

Take the time to do it well now so that its no big deal when Bolt is 85# and stronger than you !

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