All posts tagged: dog

Sharing space

Its been over 5months since Oscar has had to share “his space” with a new human in the house. This has meant a bit of adjustment not just for Oscar but for us as well. But we are getting better everyday. Oscar’s (almost) daily walk continues which he loves. We walk about 4.5km. Its great workout not just for him, but for me too. I have not been able to loose the baby weight yet ūüė¶ He is also more comfortable around baby AS. He has stopped jumping up to see her or sniff her. And gives the most gentle licks to her feet – of course, with our supervision. We do not leave the baby alone with Oscar. Ever. He¬†is more free to roam around the house. Of course there are still restrictions such as the couch and bed. The twist in the story now is that¬†baby AS is more interested in Oscar. She will bend over backwards – literally ¬†– to see Oscar. Has her giggles going when Oscar follows. We have even …

Oscar lately.

With the bub in the house, Oscar realises that he is no more the centre of attention. Fortunately, this hasn’t made him angry or aggressive but he definitely feels we are not giving him ¬†much time. Call me crazy but I can “see” him show his emotions. ¬† Oscar is a very affectionate and loving dog. So if there is a little bit of jealousy about the love for him being shared with someone else, it is very understandable. Playtime and cuddle time has reduced and his access around the house is restricted and this change is not a happy one for him. I try my best to make time for him – and only him – everyday. Hoping this change wont be too long for him. Can’t wait for these two babies to become friends!

Oscar learning to wait for hugs

Oscar is 19months now and his capacity to learn new commands is getting slower. One of his bad habits is jumping up on anyone new that walks into the house – not with a intention to bite though. He is just super happy to see a new human being. And you can imagine his excitement when his favourite human walks through the door after work.  In this video, we are teaching Oscar to contain his excitement and basically wait to get his most awaited hugs. It’s a work in progress. Oscar learning to contain his excitement on seeing his favourite human come home from work. #beagle #beaglepuppy #beagles #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #puppy #dogsofsydney #dogtraining A post shared by @ourgorgeouschaos on Jul 29, 2016 at 3:49am PDT This command will be most useful, now that we have a little human in the house as well! If you have a furry family member and are teaching him new tricks and commands, I’d love to know!

Optimistic about our furry little chaos :)

To be very honest, the¬†first few months that we had Oscar, we thought this was a bad idea (although I never admitted this out loud), because we just could not train him. He couldn’t understand us and we couldn’t understand him. We just felt like ‘bad parents’ and felt guilty for being frustrated over him & his mini disasters all over the house. But now, nearly¬†1 year down the track, we are getting so much better. And we are so much more optimistic¬†ūüôā In fact, I feel a sense¬†of pride on getting Oscar to where he is now. I just wanted to share with you a proud moment during his meals. Oscar never jumps up for food. He waits patiently until he is given the “command” to eat. Watch this video. Of course, we don’t “torture” him so much on his every meal as in this video. But he is definitely asked to wait until the food bowl is on the floor. And he waits ever so patiently!    

The love & hate relationship with the ‘Oscar-Cam’

I have a love hate relationship with this cool¬†IP¬†camera that we have installed at home. I’ll tell you why. Once we decided to leave Oscar out in the backyard while we were away to work, we needed a way to watch him. So on a colleague’s recommendation, SS ordered this IP camera. Its called the Foscam (Model FI9831W). We call it the ‘Oscar-Cam’ ūüėÄ . Its been fitted in a position that allows us an almost 360 view around the garage, where Oscar’s kennel is & the backyard. . And once installed, you can use an app on your smartphone to access the camera or can access via any standard web browser on a PC or MAC. Of course, you need to have internet access. You can rotate¬†the camera around, you can ‘hear’ & ‘speak’ to the other end, you can capture a video or a screenshot. Hey and it even has night vision! I must say, the audio quality isn’t superb but it allows¬†really smooth high definition video transmission. And SS says it was …

Oscar tired after some training

Oscar is only being his normal self. A puppy.

We called in the professionals last week to help us train Oscar better and get rid of his “bad” behaviour. By bad behaviour I mean running away with socks, getting up on couch, jumping and his many pee episodes. By the end of the one hour session, we were convinced that nothing was a bad behavior and that Oscar is just being his normal self i.e. a little puppy. A puppy from whom we expect a lot. Even though he is only a dog, we want him to understand the human language and behave like a human being. We were¬†getting frustrated about it being so¬†hard to train him. But for the first time, we¬†realised that Oscar must be equally frustrated because he is just not understanding what the heck these human wants him to do. If we don’t train him well and consistently, he will never learn. So basically, we had to train ourselves¬†to train him. Besides learning to use the few basic commands for Sit, Down, Come & calling his name for attention, a …

Our lives (and this blog) has been taken over. Completely.

Its true. Ever since we brought home Oscar, our lives have been completely taken over. SS and I are both movie buffs but we have not watched a movie ever since we have Oscar! No kidding. Both of us were mentally prepared to take on this overwhelming task of bringing home a puppy but I don’t think we were physically prepared. Taking care of a puppy means constant watching. Did he pee? Did he poo? Did be bite? Did he chew? Its endless. It is QUITE¬†a bit of work but while we are helping him grow, in a way, he is helping us too. Here is how. Oscar being handful¬†has made us more active.¬†SS takes him for a run every morning of weekdays. Without Oscar, getting SS out of bed would have been quite a task. I leave work exactly at 5pm. Without Oscar, my work hours would easily extend beyond 5pm. I also¬†avoid any other teleconference meetings from home. I take him for a run/walk after work. Without Oscar, I would have preferred to …

Nails, Fleas and Nipples

That title sounds absurd but will make sense shortly. We took Oscar to get his nails clipped and found out that our assumption¬†of long nails is actually not long for puppies and he did not need clipping. And he has got fleas instead. Poor guy. We knew something was wrong when he was the only guy scratching away at his puppy school (yes, there is such a thing). I feel we have let him down.¬†He was on a once a month “dose” of Advocate, which is a treatment for fleas & worms and we’ve had to increase this to twice a month. And lastly, those tiny lumps you see next to his groin are¬†not tumour. They are¬†his nipples. Sorry no pictures of his¬†nipples. No matter how cute some things are, its best not to share¬†them¬†publicly.