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  •  She's really brain-damaged (3+ / 0-)
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    She had hydrocephalus as a puppy and it crushed part of her brain.  She has no short term memory and therefore is afraid of new places and new situations - this is why she's a stay-at-home dog and handles all the sound alerts when we are home. If it weren't for her brain damage, she'd have been an outstanding hearing assistance dog.  With it, she's still a very good one, just not a public one.

    She is very smart, and very clever as long as you take into account her limitations. It takes about 3 months for something to enter and stay in her long term memory, so it takes that long for her to become familiar with a new place or a new person.  Until she remembers the place or person, she stresses out a lot.

    Muscle memory is faster, so I can teach her behavior patterns and tricks that puzzle her for a while (why did I just sit?), and then her long term memory kicks in and she's "Oh, right, that word means this will happen" and then she slows down as she thinks about how and why she is responding to a command. Once she processes both the command and response, she speeds back up again.

    Training her has been a real learning experience for both of us.

    All knowledge is worth having.

    by Noddy on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:39:44 AM PDT

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    •  Aww I did not know that about (3+ / 0-)
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      Xoco.  If you've said that in a previous diary please forgive my ignorance. She's a lucky little girl to be a part of your family.  

      Oh and btw, I think the markings on puppy #7 are very handsome.  He's going to be a very striking guy when he gets older.  

      not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien

      by Lilith on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:44:35 AM PDT

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      •  He has vertical stripes on his legs (2+ / 0-)
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        like he's wearing striped stockings, and then flecked tiger stripes down his ribs.  His tiny ears and broad muzzle are dark with racing stripes streaking back from the muzzle to his neck, so he'll look like some kind of fancy NASCAR racing dog.

        Pity the stripes all lie - he's a moseying kind of dog. Kind of a slow amble, and if he could talk, he'd have an exaggerated slow Southern drawl, real slow like. There is nothing fast or racy about Hector.

        But he is a good puppy and learns relatively quickly.

        All knowledge is worth having.

        by Noddy on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:55:44 AM PDT

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        •  He doesn't have to be fast (2+ / 0-)
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          just a little clever, and a little intimidating if and when the need arises.  

          I'm so glad he's found you.  I'm not a very religious girl, but I believe that when it comes to companions especially good ones...they seem to find us.  

          not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien

          by Lilith on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 08:09:33 AM PDT

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