Short update

20 10 2009

Pandora facts: 58 cm tall and weights 20 kg

New banner:
I have change the banner a little, mainly because Pandora herself is now a part of it in the right side.

New sub page:
In the top of this site you can now find a sub page about BARFing. We started BARFing 10 days ago and not to let it take over the entire blog I have made the sub page dedicated to BARFing.

Portrait picture
Pandora met two other Czechoslovakian wolfdogs two days ago and thanks to their owner Rolf Larsen I got these wonderful pictures. Here’s one of them.
More about the meeting in the next blog.

Pandora

Pandora by Rolf Larsen

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Bark at the moon

24 09 2009

Facts: 55 cm, 17.8 kg, 4.5 month old

Lost 2 teeth this week

Stars shining
I think I mentioned it last time. In the morning Pandora always has at least 10 stars in her ‘book’ and sometimes she looses them all half an hour before we go to bed. But not this week.

She seems to be more and more competent at: being alone, not peeing in the house, in our beds or where ever.
She’s been very good.

Growing fast – loosing teeth
To my big surprise I measured her Monday evening and discovered that she had grown 3 cm in one week! That’s crazy. But I’m certain that as I look at her last weekend she suddenly looked like an almost grown up dog. Her features were suddenly matured and her chest had broadened. And I was right. 3 cm is quite a lot in such a short time and I started to get a little anxious that she could be in pain. Sunday morning she seamed a little tired and worn out. That was also when I discovered that one of her teeth was very loose, so she didn’t want to eat her own ‘hard’ food. We gave her a little boiled chicken and raw salmon. In the evening she lost the tooth. We heard her playing with it at the wooden kitchen floor, so we actually found it.
After that, she could eat her normal food again and she brightened.
Yesterday she lost one more. Now she looks a little silly as one of her canine teeth is missing.

Rabies vaccination
Wednesday we went to the vet to get her second and last Rabies vaccination. In 120 days (not less!) she’ll have take a blood test to see if the anti bodies are in her blood.

Explanation: Rabies and worms
To go to Sweden a dog has to be rabies vaccinated. After the vaccine it has to be confirmed that the antibodies are in the blood. Sometimes the first vaccine can be a little too weak, and therefore our vet (most vets I guess) vaccinates the dogs twice, to be sure that it’ll make anti bodies.  After the second vaccination there has to be 120 days before the anti body confirmation. NOT 119 days but could be 125 days, it’s ok. The vaccination will be written into Pandoras passport so that she can go with us to Sweden next spring.
Just before we go, she’ll have to have a worm treatment also as Denmark has a sort of worm that Sweden does not have.

Over exercising
I walk 6-10 km once every week. I’d started to bring Pandora with me as her fitness level is increasing, but suddenly I got afraid that I might have overrated her ability to walk 6 km. Now I’ve talked to friends, vets and pet letterboxes and they all seem to agree that 6 km is a little too long, but if we are careful and she doesn’t jump too much it’s ok.
As she was vaccinated, the vet also tested her joints to see if she felt any pain but she didn’t. There were no reactions what so ever.

By the way she loves to climb big stones and she spends a lot of time examining water. All kinds of water.

Clicker training
This week I bought a clicker to use for training.
I’ve heard a lot of good and bad about clicker training. I understand the different opinions. Clicker training is only for people who know exactly what they are doing or are guided by an experienced trainer.
The clicker is used to guide the dog in the exact moment she does the right thing, but first she’ll have to connect the clicking sound with something positive, so all Saturday and Sunday she ate sausages and listened to clicks. Yesterday I accidently pushed the clicker and Pandora came to me for sausage, so the training worked. I haven’t done much into it yet, but I’ll tell more as we use it more. I think it’s good training for her. Especially because she’s having trouble with ‘COME HERE’ commands. And with the clicker I can guide her the instant she’s doing the right thing.

Little wolf by the lake

Little wolf by the lake

Pandora at the stream next to our house

Pandora at the stream next to our house





Locked up! Latest news from Pandora the Wolfdog

17 09 2009

Sunday morning my friend and I went tog the bakery for bread. With us was of course Pandora, as she’s beginning to really like driving with us in the car.

Parking next to the bakery, leaving the key in the car, shutting the door. When we came out Pandora had obviously jumped around a little as she always do, and by accident (?) she had hit the locking pin in the door and thereby locked the entire car. And the key was inside.

Luckily my friend had her cell phone and as we only live 3 kilometres from the bakery my boyfriend took the bike and met us after 20 minutes. But Pandora was utterly confused. Why did we stay outside the car looking and did NOT open up for her?

Maturing and learning
No no no, she is not at all mature or anything like it yet, but she doesn’t bite our hands anymore. Her small teeth in the front are all new both upper and lower mouth.
She last one of her canine teeth but no new ones are in sight yet. And I guess the teeth ain’t itching that much any more as she’s stopping the biting thing.

She is also beginning to have more faith in the ‘cursed’ words: COME HERE.
If she’s playing and freaking out, she doesn’t hear it, but if we are relaxed and ‘laid back’ as we call, she is beginning to obey.
Now she can run around the entire house without running into the street. Of course she is not 100 % strict but its getting MUCH better.
One day I was doing some gardening as a terrier passed by and Pandora stood next to me in the garden. She didn’t move a hair. No running after the other dog, no body language signalling that here was ‘a new best friend’. She was so cool.
Later that day she also went to the garden entrance, but didn’t cross the invisible line.
Perfect.

In the evening she ran into the street twice! Arrgh!

But it’s like that, almost every day. She starts the day with ’10 golden stars in the book’.
10 minutes before we go to bed she looses more then half of them by running after the cats or peeing on the floor etc.
But we moving forward in the teaching/learning process and it’s great.

Crazy Dog, Funny Dog
If we shout too much at her or stop her from doing something she really would like to do, she growls. It’s so cute and the reaction is like a disappointed child. She’s got many different sounds.

Long uncut grass is equal to HAPPINESS. She can run around totally freaking out when we walk or play in long grass. It’s hilarious.

Last week, my boyfriend and one of our friends was sword fighting. Pandora didn’t like it. People fighting are normally upsetting dogs so the reaction was fine.

Watching TV is a new hobby. We haven’t seen much TV during the summer and Pandora haven’t paid much attention to it.
Now it’s like she can focus on other dogs on the screen and is curious.
Sounds are of course easier, and watching dogs barking makes her tip her head first to one side, then to the other. It’s so sweet, but everyone with a dog knows that.

Wolf howls makes no sense to her. No reaction.

The not so good dog
Last week she peed in my bed, next night in my boyfriends’ bed. Last night she peed in the bed again.
It seems to be either at dominance problem or a ‘fear of being alone’ problem.
Never the less we have to look into it.

Physical facts:

Height: 52 cm

Weight: 19 kg

She is 4 month or 19 weeks old and changing teeth.
Her head is quite small but her paws are fully grown.

She is now very looong in her body as you can see in the picture below.

There are small groups of black hair just abowe her two middle nails on all four paws. I have no clue why. Looking more dangerous?

I also think that she’s got more skin between the toes (webbed feet) than other dogs (except for the New Foundlander). Is she made for swimming?

Pandora watching friends in fight

Pandora watching friends in fight

Pandoras body is looong these days

Pandoras body is looong these days

Black hair above the nails. Is it a trick?

Black hair above the nails. Is it a trick?





Dog silence

2 09 2009

Not much to report this week. Every thing has been going fine. No problems, no accidents, no trouble. Nice, right?

49 cm is her height now and using the cat flap is now completely out of the question.

Alone with daddy

I went away last Saturday so only my boyfriend was at home to cuddle Pandora and they did fine of course. Though it missed her like crazy I also thing they needed a little time together without me.

And thanks to my dear boyfriend I had pictures of the beautiful dog coming in via the iPhone during the day. You can see them here.

We also bought a cage to her, a cheep one to bring with us as we go on tours. She now has two weeks to get used to it before she has to be locked in it for 30 minutes or so. It might be very handy to have sometimes, but it’s interesting to see if she can cope with it at all.

She went into it last night without any fear and we have started to feed her inside it.

It is app. 1 x 0,6 x 0,8 metres with two doors and is collapsible into ‘nothing’ within 30 seconds.

By the way …

Pandora has her own Facebook profile, and she is now getting friend invitations form people I don’t even know. That is really funny.

You can become Pandoras Facebook friend if you search for Pandora Van Goverwelle

Loved and missed

These days at work I really miss her. I feel like I need a long holiday to have enough time to spend with her. It must be the same feelings as a mother/father have for their newborn baby.

I just miss her when I can’t reach out and caress her.

Alone with 'daddy' at the lake. Watching!

Alone with 'daddy' at the lake. Watching!

Hiding upstairs

Hiding upstairs





Man bites dog

24 08 2009

Facts:

Weight: 13 kg

Height 45 cm

Vaccination

Last Wednesday Pandora went to the vet to get the vaccination against Rabies. He checked her bones, eyes, ears and so on and said she was completely healthy and fine.

And she is changing her teeth right now.

We hadn’t noticed that her small front teeth’s had already changed!

This weekend she lost two more teeth’s. One in the upper and one in the lower part of the mouth.

The canine teeth’s are still milk teeth’s.

Shape

Her physical shape is growing. Thursday we went for a walk. It was hot as hell, and after 3,5 km she was thirsty and tired. Until she met a 9 month old bulldog at the lake and with whom she play pretty roughly with for 15 min. I was scared for her health as the bulldog was quite overweight and she suddenly looked fragile. But no worries.

After the play we left the lake and met an Irish Wolfhound. Her ‘supposed enemy no. 1’. But no. It was just another ‘best friend’ – as always.

(Wauw it was big. He must have been close to 1 meter).

Last night we went for a walk and the weather was perfect. Not too hot, not too cold. We walker 3,5 km again and she could have walked twice as much. She was crazily happy, jumping in the air, surveying the fields, catching insects and so on. If complete happiness was ever there for a dog, it was that exact situation.

I’ll walk her tonight again, and Thursday we’ll walk app. 8 km. So I’ll see how well her shape is.

Swimming

Yesterday we also went to the sea (the ocean) for the first time.

The water is app. 18 °C now and we went bathing. Pandora went into the water, and suddenly she was actually swimming on her own initiative. That was great. She didn’t for long as I think she started to freeze a little and not being able to touch the bottom is still scary, but she swam and it looked great. Of course she is a great swimmer, but almost all dogs are.

Teaching

SIT, SHAKE PAW and LAY DOWN is almost in place. STAY and ‘walking in line’ is almost perfect. COME (here) sucks. The upcoming week will be with the focus on COME (here), first in line, then without. In line its easy, without she get’s immediately death. Perhaps her ears are attached to the collar?

UP and DOWN is also important now as people no longer find her cute as she jumps up.

BARK takes a little longer and isn’t that important right now. We train it, when the situations is there.

A little love

Pandora gives us so many hilarious situations, makes us laughs and smile.

The other day she went to sleep in an apple box belonging to a dachshund (Wiener dog).

Sometimes it’s really hard to correct her as she is more amusing than bad.

We love her very much and every day at work I miss her as if she was a little child I had left at daycare.

Sleeping in an apple box.

Sleeping in an apple box

Climbing timber in a nearby area

Climbing timber in a nearby area





Use your doggy language

17 08 2009

Second week with Pandora alone at home wasn’t too successful either, but also not worse. She still hates it, but as she is picked up after two hours alone by my parents she isn’t alone for very long.
I’ll give it two months to normalize and there are indications that it is possible.

First: Now she can relax in the car as we go shopping and leave her for half an hour or even an hour. When we return, she’s laying on the back seat resting. That’s a good sign. It means that she is ok with being alone in the car even though (or because of?) people are passing by all the time.
Two: Her stomach seems to have become a lot better this last week, my parents noticed. Could indicate that her stress level is falling.
Three: She finds it easier and easier to be alone in another room than us. Or laying in the garden while we are indoor or vise versa.
We haven’t given up yet.

Tooth broke
Pandora had an accident the other day. As she was jumping out of the car, my parents dog tumbled over her by accident and Pandoras snout hit the door frame and one of her baby canine teeth broke. She hardly made a sound. Only the tinniest ‘eerv’ left her mouth. I’m so happy it was a milk tooth that broke. She has no problem chewing anything after this. But Wednesday we are going to the vet to get a rabies vaccination and the vet can look at the tooth then.

Barking
Pandora has begun to bark a lot. It’s not completely at dog bark, but she makes us smile because her bark is very deep for such a small dog.
She is always barking in protest.
If I tell her NO to something that she really wants, she barks in frustration. Like I am very unfair. It’s very funny but we also try to teach not to bark at us as she may look or sound frightening as she gets older.
This is also a quite funny situation as I have started to bark back, growl and show my teeth. And she respects that!
She actually got terrified the first time.
Doggy language is a good language to know.

Bathing
Yesterday she went into some really nasty stinking water at the lake. At home she had to have her feet washed. This doesn’t any longer cause a lot of sounds, only an urge to escape.

The girl is growing
Now 11 kg and 43 cm.
She is charming everybody. Even my mother in law.
“I just love that dog” one of my friends said the other day. And our neighbour likes her and always greet her with hugs and smiles and she likes him and greets him with smiles. She smiles with her ears (laying them flat down) and her black lipped mouth always looks like smiling. He seams to be a ‘real’ friend to her.

Learning
This week I’ll spend a lot of quality time with her. As she grows she needs to learn more stuff and I need to be more strict.
Barking on command is about to become possible. (But not needed – just for fun).
She needs to learn “lay”, “get down” and “here”. Especially coming by command is extremely hard as she is sniffing to everything on her way. I don’t know if she hears my but she sometimes look like I am the least interesting thing on her way.
Staying at our ground is also essential and will not be a problem to learn as long as no other dogs passes by.

Wednesday it’s rabies vaccination day, and that’s only to make it possible to travel to Sweden.
More about that next time.

Enjoying the sun in grandma's chair

Enjoying the sun in grandma's chair





Home alone feat. Pandora

10 08 2009

First week with the doggywolf in the house – alone!

First day:
I had a call at my job from a neighbour I’ve never talk to. She told me that she had a puppy locked in her garage and she thought it might be mine.
Hurry home from work, having all sorts of wild unpleasant fantasies about broken glass, cut up dog, blood all over and so on.
But no.

The dog simply taught herself to open the kitchen door inwards and go through the outer cat flap again.

Buying hooks for all the doors and fix it in the evening before next day.

Day two:
Pandora stayed  at home as long as she should. 1 curtain was ripped apart in desperation to get out, no inventory was touched.

Day 3, 4 and 5, one curtain ripped a day, no inventory ripped. This shows her eager to get out, which makes my heart cry.

Because of her unwillingness to be alone I’ve made the arrangement with my parents that they look after her from before dinner, and till we arrive from work in the afternoon.

They have a very sweet Labrador boy at 4 years and the two dogs play with much joy and amusement.

So until now, it has not been a success to let Pandora be alone, but not a completely disaster either.

This weekend we went to Aabenraa  in south Denmark.

To our big surprise we met another Czechoslovakian wolfdog at a medieval market. A 11 month old female. She was very beautiful.

Unfortunately did I not get neither picture, nor address from the owners which annoys me now.

To my big surprise we also met 3-4 people who actually knew what kind of dog Pandora is. Somehow people close to Germany know this dog better than the rest of the country. Maybe because there’s a lot of wolfdogs in Germany compared to Denmark.

As for Pandora:
She got a million compliments. Both to her fascinating wolf like look and to her mild and ‘smiling’ behaviour. She really is a darling around other people and dogs.

She met a huge Grand Danois/Broholmer boy, weighing 60 kg and with a head as big as half of Pandora herself.
No fear!

She stole his delicious meat bone and growled at him after that. Very funny, but very no-go.

She saw fireworks, ran in the rain and slept between us in thunder and lightning.

No fear!

She now weighs 11 kg and is looking more ‘adult’ or teenage like.

13 weeks old, being a teenager

Pandora 13 weeks old

Observing sheeps

Observing sheeps