Thursday, January 22, 2015

The need to brag

I am just so excited that I hafta kinda brag.When we got Oreo in November, he was scared and missing his family so much that he had separation anxiety. We had a therapist guy come in and help us cuz he was pooping, making himself sick, barking and scratching at the doors. He gave us a plan to put Oreo in a kennel covered up when we leave and showed us how to get him not to bark. Oreo had never been in a kennel before so it was teaching him something new to a 5 yr old. We would give him a Kong with treats and that should keep him busy for about 45 min and then they just relax.  He taught us basic training tools which we began right away.
With the plan, he'd be covered up until the end of the Dec,
Then for Jan. we would uncover the front of the kennel.
Feb. uncover the whole kennel.
March move him out in a contained area. 
April he should be able to be out in the open while we are gone with no barking.
So we kept him covered in Dec and gave him his Kong that kept him busy and he still barked sometimes. So in Jan. I uncovered the front of the kennel and he did great and wasn't barking. I noticed that he wasn't getting the treats out of the Kong until after we got home, so that meant he was keeping quiet without the Kong. This past week or so he hasn't wanted to go into the kennel so we tried him out and left him out in the room. I sneak out very quietly while he is eating his food and I leave him his Kong still and he has been quiet and has not woken up my husband who sleeps during the daytime. I put down doggie pads and he has gone on them so I am just thrilled to death. We didn't think we would be like this until April, so the end of Jan and I guess he is getting the hang of it.

In the beginning, there were times that I thought that this is never going to work and wondered if I made a mistake. He is really a good boy and he loves all the grand kids and I have let him sleep with them when they sleep over. I cant say he loves Addi yet but they manage to get along pretty good. I still don't leave them unattended just yet.

Oreo knows the Sit, Stay, Down, Off, Come, Bed, No, and working on Heal commands. So I am just really proud of Oreo and he has fit right into our family. He loves his toys and rolls around on the floor. Wed. he came in from outside and actually ran zoomies around the table just like Jazzi used to do, I've never seen him do that before cuz he is such a laid back guy. Its nice to see him Happy and that makes me Happy.

Now on another note, Uncle Ed sent a picture of some of his cards that he got for Christmas. He did receive quite a few and he wants to give a BIG Thanks to all of you that sent cards. Jazzi just loved her Uncle Ed and I am sure that Oreo will too when he meets him. So Thanks for remembering Jazzi's Uncle Ed. The cards meant a lot to him.
Have a great Friday!!


  1. Oh that is very exciting and of course you must brag. (And Bertie is kinda relieved that Oreo has not taken a shine to Addi!)

  2. Impressive progress. Oreo's feeling loved and safe and AT HOME. We're sure he'll just keep up the good work!

    We're sure he'll love Uncle Ed, too.

  3. I think Oreo is one very clever cookie!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. This is wonderful news to hear! Good for you, Oreo!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  5. OMD, Oreo we are SO proud of you buddy! Who says you can't teach a young-butt-not-a-pup dog new tricks!
    Wally & Sammy

  6. It sounds like Oreo is one super-smart doggie. Oreo just needed some time to figure everything out. Well done!

  7. It was similar with Kali. At first, She thought Kali was the "Devil Dog". A year later, and She loves Kali.

  8. BaaaWaaah Princess Leah's comment... She is sooooo correct... OREO you ARE a Smart Cookie. We are very much PROUD of YOU and of your Peeps fur helping you to settle in. BRAVO to all of you.

  9. We are soooooo happy that Oreo is relaxing and starting to get into the family routine!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  10. Hurray! That's wonderful news! I'm so happy he is doing a little better!

    P.S.: We are having a little contest to celebrate our 500th post today. Hope you will stop by.

  11. YEA OREO! This is great news! You are super smart! I hope you get a taco as a reward!

  12. So proud of you Oreo, your mom has every right to brag. And bravo to your peeps for helping you to overcome your anxiety and giving you a chance to become a part of their wonderful family
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel
    Pee es
    Mom says she is going to look for my dress tonight!
    Can't wait for the dance

  13. What a great report! Oreo is so smart and he has such patient loving humans!

  14. So glad that Oreo is letting his Rock Star qualities flow! Seems everyone is coming in together very nicely. Good Boy Oreo!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  15. It takes time, just ask our mom.
    stella rose

  16. Fantastic!! I know certain thinks seem hopeless, we know from experience, but patience and repetition reall works.
    Lily & Edward

  17. Yes you should brag about the wonderful accomplishments of humans and their adorable new Oreo!
    Very very wise of you to call in a therapist. You are an excellent and responsible pet owner.
    As the old folks used to say, "if you can't toot your own horn, then who will!"
    Hugs madi your bfff

  18. just time and patience - it works wonders - good job Oreo

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  20. Crikey ..... how good is that???? Well done Oreo!!!!

  21. Oreo you are mastering all the things you need to know to become one stupendous family dog. Soon you can be teaching them tricks and you will be eating out of their hands.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  22. Yay! I see our pups there! I'm glad Uncle Ed loved all the cards he received!

    I'm glad Oreo is progressing so well. We struggled with Harlow too, but she has a destructive side that makes her untrustworthy outside of a crate. We'd love to let her loose, but the few times we have - despite puppy proofing the house - she has still found something bad and chewed it up.

    Monty and Harlow

  23. OMD, Oreo, you are one smart COOKIE!!!!! BOL!! (you know I couldn't resist, right? ☺) I remember your Moms wondering if you would ever settle...and now lookie at you!!! I thinks you deserve a margarita...maybe two or three!
    I am so glads Uncle Ed loved the cards! We knows he is one FABulous guy
    Ruby ♥

  24. We are so glad to hear that Oreo is adjusting to life in the new home! We are also very happy that Uncle Ed liked his cards!! We think it is very important to remember everyone at Christmas! xo Chloe and LadyBug

  25. You have every right to brag! I know what it's like bringing a dog like Oreo into your home and having to learn how to help him adjust. It sounds like you've done a tremendous job. I'm so happy for you!

  26. Bragging is good - especially when it means that all your good work is resulting in a happy Oreo!! Congrats to all!

    Rubies mum xxx

  27. Oreo you are doing so good!!!! Keep practicing!