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5 months old — A review


Shelby is now 5 months old. I figure now's as good a time as any to review her life thus far.

She has learned the commands sit, down, stay, come, and shake. She will heel only when she's not distracted.

She has had all her puppy shots including rabies, and has a new tag to prove it.

Thus far, she costs about $120 per month to raise. A lot of this is initial puppy start-up costs. We had nothing for a puppy, so that meant: toys, a crate, bedding, a pen, vet visits, and medicine (Heartguard and Frontline). It also includes AKC registration. Food really isn't that costly but snacks can be. Now that we have bought mostly everything she needs, I expect that the monthly expenses to drop. But I notice that she has worn out or outgrown some of the items, so they will need replacing. This does not include the cost of buying Shelby, which was approximately $200/lbs.

She's barking more. Not excessively, but as she grows more confident of her surroundings, she is more certain that certain noises, people, and objects are out of place. The other day she barked at some teenagers walking along the sidewalk. I wasn't amused.

She begs less. Sometimes we even get a peacful meal where she just sits at our feet.

She licks just as much as she used to.

She nips a lot less.

She still refuses to wear her Doggles.

She's teething now. Though it's really not as bad as I thought it would be. I was playing with her this weekend and noticed that her mouth was bleeding a little, so I looked in her mouth, and sure enough a tooth had fallen out. I thought it would be great to save one, but I can't ever find the lost teeth. Where do these things go?

She sheds more than I thought possible. I bought a new shedding brush that works amazingly well. Bless the Kong Zoom Groom; it is amazing. Shelby is sitting in a pile of her own fur when I brush her with this thing.

She's still distraught when she's left alone. Through the wonders of technology we now know what Shelby does when left alone. I penned up Shelby and gave her a treat bag with a Beggin' Strip (which she loves) in it. Steven watched her via Webcam while I left. Upon leaving, Shelby immediately started barking, and then pooped. She then continued barking for about 5 minutes, until she sat down and waited for me to come back. We're going to have to get smarter about solving this issue.

She is pretty much house-trained, meaning she has control, and she knows where she is supposed to "go potty." Any wayward poops at this point are clearly a political statement.

Shelby has taken a test ride on the motorcycle to see if she enjoys it, and she didn't seem to mind. I have ordered a backpack carrier for her so we can bring her on short trips on the bike.

May 4, 2004 | Permalink


I'm always kind of amused when people complain about dogs barking. The animals have been bred for literally thousands of years to bark, and bark a lot, to enhance the security of their humans. Genes don't realize that we live in apartments and townhomes and so forth, and no longer want/need that protection.

Posted by: James | May 6, 2004 4:19:58 AM

I saw a great Nova special on dogs, and one of the issues it dealt with was the contridiction of what dogs are historically bred for, and how they are expected to live. There's a huge difference! I do think Shelby has a cute little bark, and most of the time it's just a friendly "talking" sort of bark. What disturbs me recently is that she made an unfriendly bark at some teenagers passing by. She's never done that! She loves people, but something about these two teenagers really alarmed her. I have yet to figure out why.

By the way, the Nova special was great. I don't know if it's really worth buying, but it's a fantastic rental. They have a web site that has the information about the show.
And here's a link to the DVD

Posted by: Winnie Wong | May 6, 2004 10:58:34 AM

I am always kind of amused when people say "I'm always kind of amused when people complain about dogs barking..." A happy dog is a dog with boundaries and proper training. Dogs like and need to know what is acceptable and what is not. On top of that pugs are not guard dogs and have been bred to live indoors.

Posted by: Dennis | Mar 28, 2006 6:05:58 AM

i have a pug too she turned 5 months old on january 20 2011 she is the best pug i have ever seen she is very athletic i was wondering what i can do to stop her from going to the bathroom in the house and also i want to no how to train her not to bite please help me thanks for your time

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