New Fur Addition

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I want to apologize in advance. Posting is going to be a little sporadic for at least this week. Why? Because of this:

Chewie-collageMeet Chewie! After not having a dog for four years we decided it was finally time to add one back to our family.

Chewie is an 8 month old German Shepherd/Australian Cattle Dog mix. He weighs about 40 pounds, loves me to death, but is super timid around almost everyone and everything else.

This is the youngest dog we’ve ever owned and getting used to a puppy is going to take some time. I’m all ears (hahah) for suggestions on the best ways to housebreak him and get him to come out of his shell.

So, yeah. Puppy trumps blogging, at least for this week. I’m sure you’ll understand!

23 replies on “New Fur Addition

  1. Allyson

    Congratulations! He’s adorable! My husband and I adopted an 18 month old dog a couple of years ago. After almost a year of trying we finally hired someone to help us with her timidness. She (Rendy @ Anything is Pawsible) was able to make a difference after just one hour. It was really amazing! So that would be my suggestion if you aren’t able to make progress on your own. She was able to change some things about our behavior that we wouldn’t have recognized and as soon as we made those small adjustments our dog changed. She literally used to pee all over herself every time my husband would even approach her and now they are BFFs 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thanks for the suggestion for a trainer! I’m hoping he comes out of his shell soon but you never know. So far he’s just barking and growling at my husband whenever my husband walks by his crate. Chewie will take treats from my husband but very, very tentatively. But, we’ve only had him less than 24 hours so who knows what he’ll be like next week!

  2. Melissa

    Congrats on your new addition! Obviously consistence and establishing a routine will be the thing(s) to help him with housebreaking, crate training, etc.

    Timidness can be harder–you might try introducing him to other dogs in a neutral territory or even sign up for a beginner obedience/training class just to get him used to socializing with other dogs.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Obedience class is a must! We’ll be signing him for one after we take him to the vet on Friday. Just want to make sure he doesn’t have anything going on that we should know about first.

      Thankfully he’s totally cool with the crate so far. Makes some things so much easier.

  3. Kandi

    Congrats! He’s so cute!! I will probably ‘like’ every photo you post of him on instagram. 🙂
    If your pup is food-motivated, giving small treats whenever he goes to the bathroom outside can help. We used pieces of dog food as our training treats. Of course all dogs are different and our first was way easier to house train than our younger pup. Of course the older one was trained in an apartment with one level and one door to the outside and our younger pup was trained in a 3-story house with two doors to the outside which maybe made it more difficult!?

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      We’re doing the treats every time he goes outside method and it seems to be working. He gets really distracted outside, though, so unless he has go to RIGHT NOW it’s kind of a struggle. Thankfully, he’s only had three accidents in the house so far and one was because my husband missed the signs that he needed to go out.

  4. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions


    I think the ideal way to get him out of his shell would be to have me hang out with him all the time so he and I can become BFFs, as I’m sorely lacking in the Chicago dog BFF department. You can housebreak him, though. I wouldn’t want to take away all your fun 😛

  5. Katie @ Live Half Full

    Penny is afraid of EVERYTHING, but with consistent training, walks and socializing for the past four months she is doing sooo much better. She is actually the most crabby with me though- we think her previous female owner was not the nicest to her. The thing that’s really helped is having me feed her and walk her a lot. It’s helped her warm up to me!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      So far Chewie is most comfortable with Jason when I’m around or when he’s sleepy but he’s slowly warming up. We’re also making sure Jason feeds him and takes him on as many walks as possible. Seems to be working!

  6. Darlene

    Having a puppy around is like having young children. They take a lot of care and attention, so completely understand putting the blogging on hold. He won’t remain a pup for long, though. Have fun with him.

  7. Leslie

    Just found your blog (was searching for how to wear a maxi skirt to work) and I just have to comment on how cute your pup is!

    I’ve seen people pass chunks of grilled chicken out to random folks (at a social gathering, at a park, etc) so that they can walk up to, or walk past the dog, and they say hi to the dog and drop a piece of chicken. It’s supposed to show the dog that people represent a positive experience. But, I’m sure it will just take him a little time to build his confidence. Good luck!

    1. Allyson

      Leslie’s comment reminds me of one of the things our trainer had us do. Our dog would flip out whenever someone knocked on the door….some combination of fierce and scared at the same time. The trainer had us put a bowl of treats right by the door and tell our guests to give her a treat when they came in. Same sort of thing Leslie is saying – it creates a positive association with guests coming over instead of a fear 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Let me know if you want to come over and meet him before then 🙂 After a stressful day at work watching him play like the giant goofball that he is is pretty great medicine!

  8. Amber =)

    AHHH!! He’s so cute!!

    I just read about a game today where you take a muffin tin, fill it with kibble or small treats, then cover each cup with a tennis ball. I thought that was such a genius game (and free!) that I want everyone with a dog to know about it! =)

    And I realized that suggestion probably has nothing to do with anything, but let’s just say I was sidetracked by a puppy face!

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