It’s week 25 in #change11. I am happy to share with you this learning artifact that describes our dog.
Stella is a cross between two popular small breeds, the shih-tzu and the bichon frisé. We chose this cross-breed because she is considered hypo-allergenic and doesn’t shed like most other breeds. Her temperament is friendly and playful without being too active for our lifestyle.
Before we brought Stella home, we consulted with our friends who are dog owners, reviewed a lot of material online and read several books by Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan about what to do and, more importantly, what not to do when raising a small dog like ours.
We have done our best to avoid small dog syndrome by:
- entering and exiting our home ahead of the dog
- ensuring that she walks beside us rather than in front of us
- feeding her last
We recognize that Stella is an entertainer. She is fond of spinning herself in circles while chasing her tail. She also enjoys toys that offer her a challenge, such as this rubber peanut that we can stuff with dog treats and cream cheese.
As noted on a poster at our puppy kindergarten, where we learned basic commands with Stella, “a dog is a lifetime commitment”. Raising this puppy has been more work than we anticipated and far more rewarding than we could have imagined.
Have you raised dogs? We welcome any advice you have for us in the years ahead.
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