Syrus’ First Day Home

Syrus First Day Home

On Saturday I posted that my wife and I had plans on going to a kennel and visiting out potential new family member. After an hour in the car, we arrived a little earlier than expected. We went inside and hung out looking at photos and reading pamphlets until the Kennel Coordinator arrived.

After meeting the Kennel Coordinator, we headed out to a separate building. It seemed that the animals in this building were those that were being introduced to potential owners. We were taken through the building and into the back yard. At this point Syrus was set loose and he tore out after us. Full up puppy energy he leaped into the air and hit me in the chest, falling to the ground in a licking and tail wagging frenzy.

Once the puppy was finished greeting me, it was my wifes turn. She got the same treatment without the leap featuring twenty-five feet of added momentum. Once the greeting was finished he ran off for a lap around the yard before coming back.

At this point we got to talking with the Kennel Coordinator about the puppy. It seems that this animal is fearless and extremely friendly. He has a tendency to mouth your hands, but he is gentle when he does it (that has since changed). We were told that he is approximately six to eight months old and is expected to only get about an inch taller. It is believed that he is German Shepherd Dog with a variety of other mixes.

I wanted a dog that was at least twice his size, but my wife and I took a liking to him. We decided that he was the dog for us. All the necessary forms were signed, a donation was made, and we were on our way home.

We spent the remainder of the day going for a walk and playing in our yard. We learned alot about him and definitely see where we are going to have to work with him to improve some things. In his first day home, he learned how to sit and how to patiently wait for me to throw his toy (now if I could only teach him to let it go).

Below is a four minute video showing
Syrus doing the things that dogs do.


9 comments On Syrus’ First Day Home

  • Wow. I can see a lot of energy in that one. At least since he’s a puppy you can pretty much train him. He does have that perpetual worry look on his face. 🙂

  • The picture of the pooch screams “I didn’t do it” but yet a guilty look.

    Kinda like when a 4 year old does something wrong but won’t admit to it.

  • Good looking puppy you have there. Looks like he’s going to be a lot of fun.

  • Oh my goodness! CUTENESS! I love his floppy little ears.
    This one looks like a handful, for sure. Congrats on the adoption.

  • Wait.

    This isn’t where I parked my car…

    HaHa good looking pup Walt. Always nice to rescue an animal.

  • Looks like an energetic little bugger. It’s a handful keeping up with 2, especially with one being territorial/attention whore. He can be laying on my lap, on his back, getting scratched, but if the other pup goes to get scratched by someone else, he’ll get up, knock him away, and make that person scratch him.

  • I’ll always remember the first day I brought my dog Brutus home…nothing’s like having your first dog and figuring everything out as you go!

    Great video and post, Walt!

  • congrats the the new addition. just curious; when talking about him mouthing your hands you mentioned that it stopped… what stopped him doing it or doing it gently. hopefully he’s not moved on to biting harder. anyways again congrats he looks like a lot of fun.

  • Homebrewer,
    The first thing I tried was yelping and pulling my hand away. This is supposed to simulate how another dog would react to the nipping and teach him he is being too rough. This tactic did not work, Syrus would just look at me like I was crazy and continue to romp around.

    I’ve since simply told him “ah-ah” anytime he does something that he shouldn’t. He seems to understand that the noise I am making means “No”. So, when he starts mouthing I give him an “ah-ah” and slowly pull my hand away and he immediately transitions into licking.

    I found a Dog Training Club in my area. I’ve signed up for a basic obedience class to help with some other trouble areas we are having with him. I’m looking forward to it.

    Thanks for the comments
    -Walt

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