great site you have here. I would like to introduce BooBoo our 6 month old female OES. I have 3 questions I'd love to get answers for;
1. How big will an adult female OES dog become and when do they become fully grown?
2. Is there anything we can do to stop her from digging the back garden?
3. My wife is expecting our first baby in February, and I was just wondering what other peoples experiences were when a baby was introduced to a home with an OES. Is there any tricks we could use to prepare the dog for the new arrival. (My wife thinks we should get one of those baby dolls to see how the dog reacts)
I would really appreciate any help anyone can give us in these matters.
|Hi and welcome
An OES puppy and a new baby soon, you are in for so much fun! How exciting.
Were you able to see BooBoo's parents? That should give you some idea how big she will get. I think the females do run al little smaller then males. Could be anywhere between 60 and 100+. We expect Mojo to be at least 100. He is a good sized fellow. At 6 months he weighed 60 pounds.How much is BooBoo now? He is slowing down a little in growth now ( he is 9 1/2 months), but I believe they will still grow slowly til they are about 2.
Mojo seems to dig in the yard if he doesn't have anything else to do. He had a particular spot to dig. I covered it with a board until he forgot about it. You might try going out with her and watch for her to dig and right away distract her with a toy until she gets the idea.
Our first sheepie was already several years old when our first was born, so we didn't have any puppy antics to deal with. You do have to be careful though about using things the dog can tip over ( baby swing, bassinet....) They are a bit of a bull in a china shop. He was very protective of the kids. Anytime they cried, he was right there to make sure they were o.k. If they were sick he would stay right by the bed. We made sure that he had lots of attention any time we had the baby so he associtated the baby with being a good thing.
|Welcome Ronan My 7 year old Daisy is just under 100 lbs, much of that was gained after being spayed. She was fully grown at about 2, but was always on the large side.
I can't help with the digging problem since none of mine dig but Angel gave you good advice.
Since my "baby" is 26 I can't offer much there except congratulations! You're in for lots of fun, your avatar is adorable.
|Welcome, Ronan. BooBoo is just adorable!
And congrats on the upcoming birth! You will have your hands full with both a baby and a puppy in the house. Our sheepie was 3 when our son was born, and he instantly turned into Spencer's protector.
Your wife is right - start introducing BooBoo to the sights/smells of a baby now so that he gets used to it. Blankets, clothes, toys. A baby doll would be a good test, too. Cuddle it like you would a real baby and see how BooBoo reacts. That way you was correct any problems before the baby is born.
You're in for a LOT of activity and fun! Enjoy every minute of both "babies." They grow WAY too fast!
|My bitch, Simone, is a light weight. She's about 60 lbs if she's just eaten and hasn't yet peed On the other hand, Jack is 100 lbs of sheer energy and mischief.
Girls average 75, boys 10-15 lbs more. Most people can't judge weight well, so go by the scales. And as long as they are healthy, who care how much they weigh..........well, until they sit on your foot!
Digging, normal. They do grow out of it. Isolate them from the flower beds and near fence. Put dog poop in a hole, they won't dig where they pooped........they just go somewhere else and dig.
Your little one is used to being the center of attention and may resent your attention to new baby. You'll have to teach him there are appropriate times to seek attention and other times you can't snuggle.
When baby comes, have husband bring come something with baby's smell on it so sheepdog is familiar with smell before baby comes. When baby comes home, introduce him/her to dog in king manner. After tending baby, then tend dog. Dog must learn where they stand in pecking order and you have enough love for all.
|Hi Welcome Booboo and her family to the forum.
You recieved good advice so I can't add anything other than I'm jealous ..sigh two babies within months...your life will be so full of smiles.
Marianne and the boys
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