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Hello from Canada, my name is Kat. It was a bit of a surprise so soon.....but....Ozzy came home Friday night!!!! He is a black and silver miniature schnauzer 馃槉

He will be 8 weeks old tomorrow. He is so sweet and wonderful, he has definitely stolen our hearts in these 4 days!

We are seasoned dog owners, but haven't had a pup in 15 years! But it's like Ozzy has been with us much longer, he is so comfortable and made himself at home almost right away. He is much braver everyday, and finally I think I see his true personality, so sweet, playful, loves his food and sleeps well. What else could we ask for?

I admit, it's really hard to get pics when he's awake lol, so I don't have any great pics, but took a few vids.
Meet Ozzy Day 1
Dog Mammal Vertebrate Dog breed Canidae

And here he is Day 2

I have some reading to do, but I hope to learn and meet some of you and your pups!

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This is the sling I use:

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Also dont rule out the humble pram
Yes, I was actually going to mention this. New these doggy strollers (prams ) can be expensive. I got one from someone who gave it to me as she didn't need it any longer, and I am saving it for when my elder dog can't go very far at all on walks, if that time comes. It is also very useful for taking your dog someplace like an art fair where dogs are not allowed, but strollers are. I have never had a problem when I have taken my dog in the stroller to a fair or similar event. With the dog not on the ground, no one objects.

I plan to use it to take out a puppy prior to vaccination, as well. One thing, though. Unless your dog is perfectly behaved on a leash you cannot walk a dog and manage the stroller at the same time. :)
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Schnauzaluv, I have one of those sling carriers. It is not true that is slides off the shoulder as Beardogjesse suggests. They are made in such a way that that is not going to happen. I got mine for use with my small terrier who is aging and at times doesn't want to finish the walk if it is a long one.
My dog weighs 20 - 22 pounds. 25 lb is the upper limit of what these slings are made to carry. I have a very compromised back, and have to be careful what I do, but I have not had a day that I couldn't carry my dog in the sling as long as it was a day I could go for a walk at all. I wouldn't want to carry him like that for miles, but if I had to, I could.

The one I got, my dog's whole head is out of the sling and he can look around and know what is going on.

If your puppy is smaller than my dog (as I assume they will be) you will not have a problem with this. The sling, in my opinion, is better than the front pack because it rests partially on your hip if you want it to, and you can have one arm under it as well if you want. The front backpack pulls on your back in a way that is not healthy for your back if you have any problems.
Oh wonderful, that is soooooo helpful!!!!!! Thank you so much for that and sharing your experience! 鉂

I am impressed and encouraged you can carry your 25lbs dog (and so nice for your dog) it must really distribute the weight. I have never been, but thought it would be something like carrying a baby (like being pregnant). Yes it's my back and hips mostly, and down my legs 馃槥. Knowing you can handle that really really helps, I can tell you are talking about the same thing or very similar. Thank you 馃挄
Schnauzaluv,
Yes, it does distribute the weight nicely across my body and onto the hip, making it possible. And you can always sling it the other way over your body as well, to give yourself a bit of a change. With small breed puppy, I don't think you would have any problems at all.
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Better still get ozzy to do the dirty work
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That is the best! Lolololol 馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ
I plan to use it to take out a puppy prior to vaccination, as well. One thing, though. Unless your dog is perfectly behaved on a leash you cannot walk a dog and manage the stroller at the same time. :)
Good point haha! I was thinking he'd have to be a good boy with the sling too! I would be put off balance so easily. Luckily I don't use the leash at all (except when passing other dogs or people on sidewalk or in traffic. I just tie him to my waist pack on a bungee leash and talk him through where we are going. We practiced walking side by side since he was a little wee puppy in my back garden, leash or no leash. It was more me walking with him as he sniffed around the fenced back, and playing running/jogging gently back and forth with him in a heal. Then practicing heal in the backyard.
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What do you mean charity shop? Second hand?
Yes - here, people give unwanted goods (clothes, furniture, anything really) to shops owned by charities. So you can choose a charity that suits you - cancer research, child charities, animal charities - and the money raised from the sales goes to the charity. They are a good resource to find things that you may be unsure you really want, or only want for a short while.
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Yes - here, people give unwanted goods (clothes, furniture, anything really) to shops owned by charities. So you can choose a charity that suits you - cancer research, child charities, animal charities - and the money raised from the sales goes to the charity. They are a good resource to find things that you may be unsure you really want, or only want for a short while.
In the US it is Goodwill or Salvation Army or St. Vincent's. Usually the Goodwill is the best in the places I have lived. Most places the Goodwill stores are excellent; you can find all sorts of things in really good shape. Goodwill and the others do various things to help people who need a job or place to live or clothing or things like that. And there's also Savers, which benefits the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, and also has high quality things. Here where I live now we also have a Humane Society Thrift Store, where I take all my unwanted things, of course. :)
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A humane society thrift store is amazing!
A humane society thrift store is amazing!
Yes, and they have an all-volunteer staff, so all of the money after paying for the space and bills goes to the animals. I have saved stuff up and then driven the hour it takes me to get there, so that I can donate good stuff to them. :)
They also have a nice variety of animal accessories all the time, whereas the other thrift stores have only a very small section and sometimes not even that.
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So I had to just mention a little surprise moment with Ozzy. As @CachetheBC calls it, his 'wow' moment. I was dusting behind the blue ray and modules on my bedroom dresser. I sent one of those little rubber things on the bottom of speakers flying and onto the floor. Ozzy is always there watching what I'm doing. He went in to check out what had fallen and had it in his mouth in 2 seconds. No way I was getting that so I said "drop it" in a concerned voice and be just looked at me. Then I remembered we practiced it in a happy voice while playing with a toy. So then I tried "ok drop it" in a happy voice like we practiced. He immediately placed the item on the floor for me to pick up! I lavished him with "good boys" and grabbed a handful of treats and put them down where he had dropped the rubber holder. I'm like, "there, isn't that better?". So proud of my Ozzy!

In hindsight I think we will practice more leave it and drop it cues. I realize you have to continue practicing these things throughout their lives to keep them fresh.
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You have every reason to be proud of him!
Good job Ozzy!
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Good dog, Ozzy! I have had moments like that. One time I was training a dog to do a down on recall, and the dog wouldn't do it, would just stop and look at me. I knew she fully knew what "lie down" meant, and was puzzled. Until I realized I was saying "lie down" in a stern tone of voice instead of an upbeat tone. As soon as I said it "correctly" she did it just fine. :)
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Ozzy got this today in the mail lol! It was only 6$ and I got it as a joke to be cute, but it's below freezing today and keeping him nice and warm. Plus it looks so good on him haha! His little panda tail waddles from side to side on his hips when he runs 馃槀

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That is ridiculously cute.
Probably because the dog in the photos is so irresistibly cute. :)
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Mouse mascicre!!

No big deal I guess as we just trapping them anyway, but yesterday Ozzy actually caught a mouse and killed it outside! My OH noticed he had his nose deep in the snow and about 5 seconds later yelled "it's a mouse! He has it on the snow". We tried to get Ozzy in, that wasn't happening and he took the mouse in his mouth and ran around with it like it was a toy. He was shaking it, pawing at it, mouthing it and pouncing really hard on it, driving it into the snow and digging it back out.

Once we finally got him in, OH went to check on the mouse, not bloody but all messed up and broken.

I wonder if he meant to kill it? I mean he IS a schnauzer vermin hunter. It's his instinct to drive mice away. I just never had a dog actually kill it, the most my passed dogs did was corner them and pin them to the ground. The fact that it wasn't pierced makes me think he was just playing and killed it by accident. I don't think he cared that it died, but was he trying to kill it?

Anyway it happened, my pup actually hunted a mouse and killed it!

I'm surprised at Ozzy's natural instincts, like being wary of strangers and new things as a little pup and now this. Much more so than my previous two.
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Good job Ozzy!
We don't often think of our dogs as hunters, for some dogs the instinct is stronger than others, but it is truly fascinating to watch them do it.

I'm surprised at Ozzy's natural instincts, like being wary of strangers and new things as a little pup and now this. Much more so than my previous two.
I think the more we learn about dogs and their instincts and behaviors, the better we get at noticing and appreciating natural dog behaviors -- it is truly fascinating. I was amazed one day, watching Cache hunt like a fox hunting a mouse (he was actually 'hunting' a squeaky toy I had hidden under a blanket)- watch, listen, pause, pounce with both front paws, dig for it, (if necessary) - could tell he was truly enjoying the 'hunt' - following his instincts!
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Well, Ozzy was Doing His Job, right? Good for him! True terrier form coming to the fore. Any time you'd like to drop him off at my place to take care of the pack rats, feel free! 馃槃
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My neighbor (my good neighbor 馃檮) got a puppy! His name is Toto inspired by the wizard of Oz, he is the cutest little fluffy black and white pomeranian mix just 2 months old.

I know Ozzy and Toto will have fun playing together once Toto is a bit older, I'm so excited for my neighbor, they are great people and dogs make your life so much better!

They have had a cat for a long time, but I think this might be their 1st dog, I can tell how happy they are to have Toto already!

Gonna bring over some hoodies and coats that are too small for Ozzy later. Toto is a little fluff ball lol, but if he wants to get him used to coats (because it can get really cold here in the winter), he can.
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What fun for both you and Ozzy. Sounds like a good playmate-in-the-making for Ozzy!
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