Anna, our new whippet adoptee, has been with us a week now. She is a few months shy of her second birthday. The breeder's hobby is coursing (chasing a lure which is a plastic bag on a sort of a conveyor belt). She was not a good choice for the sport evidently and we were able to adopt her.
It's been many years since I've had a dog this young. Even though she is "full grown" physically, she is still a puppy mentally. As someone once said to me, "they don't get the wiggles out until they're three years old". Anna is no exception. She has a wonderful curiosity.....she wants to inspect everything.
She is easily distracted by all the new things in her life. So far she has only had one accident in the house....that was in the kitchen the first day we had her. Of course, she has us well trained......we let her out quite a bit and she seems to be getting the hang of relieving herself outside.
My husband who has trained sighthounds for years says she needs "shaping". Just getting her to walk straight and not pull on the lead is the first major shaping she is getting.
The first day I had her to myself my handyman came by to take care of some things in the house and I was a little distracted. In that time she:
1. Jumped the baby gate2. Knocked over my coffee on the counter3. Knocked over my dish with two vitamins in it. Probably ate the vitamins.4. Jumped up on Mike's bird cage on the patio. (She is obsessed with both bird cages, so I can see that's going to be a problem)5. Jumped over the open dutch door. In my trying to catch her, I fell and hit my head on the wood siding on the garage.I can see I'm going to have to crate her when I can't supervise her every move.Ahh, life with a puppy...............
Getting a decent photo of her is a challenge as she can't be still long enough.
She is so cute and loving, it's hard to get upset with her. She just needs to grow up a bit.