It is a fantastic evening, a bit cloudy but absolutely no wind at all and just above 0C (32F). I just stood outside in a sweater and didn’t freeze at all 🙂 This is the kind of winter I like 🙂 especially since we have no snow and if I should belive the predictions, wich by the way is hard since they keep changing it every hour :-), we won’t get any these coming days.
Mona said in a comment to yesterdays post that I haven’t mentioned anything about Nova and learning her how to walk without a leash and that’s true. There’s nothing much to say really 🙂 I work much with trial and error sort off 🙂 When she does as I tell her she get lots of praise and if she doesn’t I don’t say anything at all most of the times, I actually ignore her and then she’ll get it right next time instead. There’s nothing worse for a dog than to be ignored. I rarely raise my voice in anger but those times she suddenly gets deaf I do and I have a very strong voice that is hard to ignore 🙂 🙂 🙂 Several years of singing in choirs has helped me with that 🙂 🙂 🙂 Treats isn’t that common either to be honest, they’ll get that when we come home instead.
Nova has calmed down considerable since she came here. She was a bit aggressive and very jealous in the beginning 🙂 She did attack Orvar twice but he’s so big that he just bit her twice and then she never tried that again 🙂 🙂 🙂 Hector is her buddy even if Hector probably would have wanted otherwise 🙂 🙂 He is after all 8,5 years old and she’s only two and has so much more energy 🙂 She could be furious if anyone caught a toy before her in the beginning but now she allows the two boys to do so, at least a couple of times before she gets annoyed 🙂 🙂 🙂
She also decided that only she was allowed to sleep beside me in the beginning but both I and the boys has teached her that it isn’t allowed to behave that way. So now if someone gets up in the bed before her she just finds another spot in the bed. Sometimes she even allows the others to change place with her 🙂 She really wants to do the right thing in the right way and I’ve read that it is typical for pitbulls to be that way. She’s also protective when it comes to her family, if she feels there’s something strange or dangerous she is the one standing in the front to keep away the bad that might come. She really doesn’t care much about anyone or anything outside the family (and that includes the cats 🙂 ).
So I have to say that this has worked out much better than I had hoped. She came in a time when I really didn’t want a new dog and she was half pitbull wich I really didn’t want 🙂 but the more I read and learn about pitbulls I understand that they really are very nice and clever dogs. It’s never the dogs fault that their owners just don’t know what they are doing when getting a dog like this. Anyone that wants a tough and sharp dog like this is the one that really shouldn’t get one. They should get a medium poodle instead, a dog they can handle.
Have a great day!