From: Sharon Arkoff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Update on Kerry, now Cashel
Date: July 15, 2012 5:56:50 PM PDT
Kelly--now Cashel--is adjusting well to his new home. He completed one private and a full, six-week course of obedience training. One of the biggest challenges has been working with Cashel on a leash: he constantly surged and pulled. The trainer who led our class recommended a "Haltie" collar when we had the dog on a leash. Cashel was not happy with that suggestion, but it's made walks much more pleasant. We were anxious about having him in a class with other dogs, knowing a little about his behavior with his brother. Cashel did pretty well, although he occasionally tried to nip a fellow classmate. We are now working on his socialization with other dogs in our neighborhood.
Cashel was underweight when he arrived--about 34 lbs. With food and treats, he is holding at 38 lbs., which still seems a little light, so we'll continue to keep an eye on his weight. Cashel was dragging his rear shortly after he fot here and when that behavior increased, we took him to the vet. She exorcised his anal glands and treated him for hookworm after an examination of the fecal sample we provided. He's finished the treatment and seems fine and healthy. We took Cashel to a groomer this week, who thought his coat was much longer than is wise for maintaining it, even though he's been with us only about 8-10 weeks. He has a nice summer cut now, which should make this hot weather more comfortable for him. We estimate that he'll need attention 6-8 weeks from now.
One big surprise has been Cashel's apparent lack of house training. We have had a number of in-house accidents of both varieties, several of which we interrupted in the act. The only clue has been when he begins sniffing and circling, but that seems to signal only pooping. We take him out regularly, but his habits are not consistent. Dog owners have told us that males are tougher to train, and terrier owners advise us to be patient. We will continue to be vigilant, praise and treat successful outings.
Cashel is an affectionate and loving dog who follows me wherever I go in the house. He is good with visitors and doesn't bark as much as our Wheaten terrier did. He has no interest in people food--another improvement over our last dog. We have been stopped on the street by people who either recognize the breed or want to know it, but all complimenting us on such a beautiful dog, which he is.
I hope this brings you up to date. I hope you are enjoying the summer--Cashel is and has taken to boat trips and spending time at our cottage. Everything seems to interest him, and it is fun to watch.
Cashel now lives in Maine, the "Vacation State"