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    Hello! I picked up Terence on the weekend and as I'm a new dog owner (last had a dog when I was a kid) I have some silly questions I thought I'd ask here to get your thoughts

    1) How do I tell if the dog is cold? He's 2 years old so not a pup, but he's got a pillow style dog bed on a concrete floor in our rumpus (and laundry) downstairs. I'm in Brisbane so it's cool but not Arctic. I have a wag wear wearable blanket for him that he wears on his morning walks (6am) should I have this on him all the time inside? We have an old blanket on the pillow too that he curls up on or around.

    2) He comes home from his walks and often crashes on his pillow and sleeps/lays down for a few hours. Is this boredom? If we play tug of war with him he's in for it, and last night he followed me around whilst I trained him to sit... sort of . I guess I'm asking how do I tell if he's happy or if he's bored?

    3) Walks - I walk him in the morning and at night - I'm unfit so the walks aren't long (30-45mins) but he doesn't seem as excited by the morning walks as the night ones. Is it possible he's not awake enough in the morning or something? Told you the questions would get silly

    Thanks! This forum has given me great reading material and education already! I've got my RSPCA beginners course on Saturday! Dog and Owner socialisation here we come!

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    Hello! I picked up Terence on the weekend and as I'm a new dog owner (last had a dog when I was a kid) I have some silly questions I thought I'd ask here to get your thoughts

    1) How do I tell if the dog is cold? He's 2 years old so not a pup, but he's got a pillow style dog bed on a concrete floor in our rumpus (and laundry) downstairs. I'm in Brisbane so it's cool but not Arctic. I have a wag wear wearable blanket for him that he wears on his morning walks (6am) should I have this on him all the time inside? We have an old blanket on the pillow too that he curls up on or around.

    2) He comes home from his walks and often crashes on his pillow and sleeps/lays down for a few hours. Is this boredom? If we play tug of war with him he's in for it, and last night he followed me around whilst I trained him to sit... sort of . I guess I'm asking how do I tell if he's happy or if he's bored?

    3) Walks - I walk him in the morning and at night - I'm unfit so the walks aren't long (30-45mins) but he doesn't seem as excited by the morning walks as the night ones. Is it possible he's not awake enough in the morning or something? Told you the questions would get silly

    Thanks! This forum has given me great reading material and education already! I've got my RSPCA beginners course on Saturday! Dog and Owner socialisation here we come!
    Hi there and to the forum!

    These aren't silly questions at all...I'm no pro come dogs either...no matter how many we own are how much we have been through...there is always something new to learn

    Your 1st question...I too am in qld and our weather isn't all that cold compared to south aus. Dogs who pretty much live inside aren't going to be bothered by our climate. I only rug my dogs when I let them out in the early cold mornings (they don't have a walk in the morn, they spend it outside while I clean inside).

    2nd ques...Following you around is good it shows that he accepts you as his master. You'll know when he's bored when he starts chewing up things he's not allowed to..such as furniture, his bedding etc.

    3rd ques...Your walk times are fine...too much isn't good for a puppy anyway . I'd think that with the morning walks...there isn't new scents about for him to smell/sniff whereas the arvo walks would have more dog scents about for him to be interested in

    I'm sure the RSPCA course will help you heaps and don't be afraid to ask questions.

    All the best
    Last edited by ozeymum; 07-29-2009 at 02:28 PM.

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    Sound's like terence is fitting in well, I'm not in qld, But I don't have NJ's coat on inside only when he goes out side, As for the morning's i have to push him out the door to go to the toilet, He don't like morning's or the cold. After i take NJ for walks he comes back and just sleeps.

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    Hi Terence
    Yes! I remember his gorgeous photos
    I agree with Ozeymum and 4 socks

    Also, he might still come out of his shell a bit more with time. It's hard when you don't know their past alot of the times it's pretty bad, so sometimes it takes a while to see the true them.
    The other thing is- he could be lazy
    My Misi is Lazy. Sometimes looks at me like-can't you just carry me? do we have to do this?
    She won't come out for her 1st wee till around 10am when it's warmer. Lola is the opposite she's happy doing what i'm doing just as long as she's with me.

    In re. to the cold
    I know when Misi is cold because she curls up and her ears are like icecubes. She has a short coat and really gets cold in winter. Your little guy would have a short coat so it's possible that he does get cold. Maybe Put his coat on for the whole day and see if he's more active.
    In re. to walking time.30-45 mins twice a day is good! I struggle to do 30mins. once a day. I'd say he does not get excited about the morning walk because he's not a morning dog. Can't be bothered and too cold-My Misi is like that. If you have a big yard you could play ball with him instead of the morning walk.
    Hope this helps.
    Keep up the good work.

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