All posts tagged: pets

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!

Oscar’s first training video

Just having a chat with a cousin of mine on dogs (she loves animals), got me looking through old videos. And I found this. This is the very first training we gave to Oscar. He was about 12 weeks old I suppose. He was such a cutie then. I mean, he still is. But just look at his size! Good thing about Beagles (and most dogs, I am told) is that they would do anything for a treat.

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!    

Its a wart.

Its a wart. And its in his tongue. Yiiikes. No, you don’t want to see the pictures of this. We took Oscar to the vet only to get a very¬†“not-so-important” response on this wart like thing on his tongue. Turns out its not uncommon in dogs. And it doesn’t cause any harm to Oscar. Its just an “unwanted growth”. The vet asked us to wait for a weeks to see if the wart grows or spreads. And it has ūüė¶ Thankfully only on this tongue. But I think that makes it tougher. The options we have are to wait for it to just fall off or to do a biopsy and get it surgically removed. The vet has suggested we wait for it to fall off. But its really hard to do that since its viral and he could be spreading it to other dogs. And it’s not easy to ignore even though Oscar himself is probably totally unaware of this.The cost to get this done however is a whopping $1100! We are hoping that …

Oscar is 1!

Our¬†little pooch¬†turned 1 yesterday! He is now a “young dog”. How amazing is that! We¬†started changing his diet to Royal Canin Adult couple of weeks go in preparation for his covering 12 months of age. He was on Royal Canin Junior prior to this. But he hasn’t been eating well for the last couple of days. Took him to the vet today and its probably got to do with us rather than him. We have been treating him too much. #Guilty. So starting today, we are going to be very strict. No treats until he eats his meals. Its going to be more tough on us than him honestly. And hey, he can sit all by himself in the car – with proper seat belts, of course. I don’t need to have him on my lap anymore. Yaay… That’s a milestone! He is still getting used to moving around in the car with the seat belts around him. He usually gets tangled which is hilarious to watch. I know it sounds wicked, but I take …

Oscar is 10 months!

3 doggie beds, 2 cushions, 4 pairs of bedroom slippers, 3 slippers, 1 shoes, 2 food bowls, 1 leash, 1 tshirt, 2 sweatshirts, 1 sock, 1 roll toilet paper, and uncountable number of toys. Gone. Oscar is 10 months old today. And he weighs 16.5 kilos. He is a strong boy now. And he is truly a part of the family. He has learnt a few commands and also figured out that I am the “soft” one that can be dominated and SS is the “master”. He plans his stubbornness accordingly. You know what I mean? Anyways, I thought I should share some updates on Oscar. One thing that we can’t seem to properly train him on is not to jump. He doesn’t bite, but he will jump and hung, and lick any friends or stranger that approaches him. This behaviour terrifies my little nephew and in fact terrifies us to see this 16 kilo animal get hyper active. Not sure how we will get him trained up on this. Wish us luck.

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 …