Monthly Archives: March 2015

23.03.15. FOUR YEARS OLD TODAY.


Weight: 5 kg ± This is my target weight for him and the vets are impressed with his condition. They see him, and I weigh him, when I go in to buy his food.

Measurements. (Assumed to be unchanged from previous.)

Neck: top 22 cm; bottom 27 cm.

Height at shoulder: 29 cm.

Height at hip: 30 cm.

Length: (Rear of haunch to nose tip) 54 cm.

Food & exercise: BARF @ 84 g morning and evening with a small raw bone every other day varying depending on bone size. He was getting a little too heavy (up to 6.5 kg) and showing slight signs of fat despite running for a greater part of 4 km/day – a lot of it at 20 – 26 kph (and loving it!) plus a p.m. walk of about 3 km. Until recently he was getting 114 g± per meal whilst maturity was filling out his body.

Communication: I cannot really say much except that his degree of understanding and intelligence continues to surprise even me who is used to very intelligent dogs. He now understands “eat” which can be mentioned with anything, even grass, and he eats – if it is something he eats! His anticipation of what I do is acute and will pick up something new after observing it once or twice. However, his understanding of, ‘Not going anywhere.” or “Not (this or that)” reduces his anticipation and unnecessary excitement.

Where his barking is concerned he has been progressively responding to my efforts to curb this excessive, and mostly pointless behaviour with what may be described as 80% success so far.

Measurements.

Neck: top 22 cm; bottom 27 cm.

Height at shoulder: 29 cm.

Height at hip: 30 cm.

Length: (Rear of haunch to nose tip) 54 cm.

Food & exercise: No change.

Communication: When I am doing the washing up he usually comes in, sits behind me somewhere, and growls so I talk to him whilst working. However, having, apparently, achieved his purpose, he quietly either goes to his bed or outside leaving me to carry on until I realise that he is no longer there! Also, when he has heard or smelled something he comes in and excitedly growls at me.

Understands the hand signal“go round”. At home one day I was inside and about to go to the back door  and Tali headed for the front door and then started to head my way but, when I said, “You go round to the back.” and indicated round to the back with my hand and arm, he dashed around to the back. Also, when out walking there is a spot where the footpath by the road ceases and becomes the walkway, up many steps, at the front of the hotel. This then rejoins the road some 30 m further along it. Once, soon after the incident above, we approached this spot and I was going to stay on the road but, for his safety, did not want Tali with me so I pointed to the steps, waved my hand in the “go round” signal, said, “I’m coming!” and walked forward on the road to be enthusiastically greeted where our paths met ahead. He did as asked with, I think, a wag of his tail! Since then we do this frequently although the meeting at the end of the diversion is “matter of fact”.

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