I thought it may be time to introduce Robelee, our Shiloh Shepherd, since I briefly mentioned him in my last post. Trying to sum him up is a task! He’s got energy out the wazoo, and no two days are the same. Oh, and if there’s a sock in the room, he will surely find it.
Lets start with the basics though, okay?
Size: Robelee will be a BIG dog when he is full grown. He’s already around 60 pounds, and he hasn’t even reached 5 months yet. We expect him to top out at about 100 pounds.
Obedience: Since he’s
going to be already a big boy, we started training immediately. It’s been a long process, and he’s still learning… remember, he looks big, but he’s really just a little pup still. He quickly learned, sit, stay, come, and lay down. But, were still working on “leave it” and “drop it”… especially when it comes to socks.We’re looking forward to enrolling him in the second level training course at Petsmart.
HouseBreaking: He’s already housebroken, woohoo! The bigger the dog, the bigger the puddle, so this was a major task to accomplish early on. We took him out every 30 minutes for the first few weeks. Luckily, he never had to go in the middle of the night, but Jason would take him out super early in the morning just in case. The most important potty times were right after eating, sleeping, playing, or coming out of his crate. After he got the hang of what we expected, we relaxed on the frequency of his outings. We also make him sit by the door every time we go outside, so he eventually learned to do this as a way of “asking” to go potty. I’m happy to say our paper towel budget has gone back to normal:)
Food: We kept Robelee on Royal Canin, because that’s what he was started on with the breeders. We don’t see the need in switching up something he does we’ll with and seems to enjoy. However, we will most likely transition to Blue Buffalo when it comes time to start him on adult food. Jason and I love everything Blue Buffalo has to offer, and feel we can trust the quality of their products. Robelee can’t get enough of his Blue Buffalo treats, which we buy in a multitude of varieties (I think he favors the duck flavors though). He eats about 6 cups of kibble spaced throughout three meals each day. I also make homemade wet food using my Vitamix.
Personality: Like any dog, Shiloh Shepherds need to be socialized from a very early age, especially since the fall into the herding group, and have a natural instinct to protect their family. Robelee was a social butterfly from day one, and he continues to soak up every bit of attention that comes his way. We try to expose him to as many different environments, people, and sounds as possible, and take him with us as often as possible when we leave the house. We even took him out on Halloween, but he didn’t even notice anything was different. He is a goof more times than not, but is also a very quick learner… I think it’s a good balance.
Grooming: Shiloh Shepherds= SHEDDING. That’s just a fact of life if you own one of these dogs. Rebel has a plush coat, so his fur will be long and require a lot of brushing to prevent matts. It’s a habit I started early on to cut down on all the fur left on our floor. I also invested in the Fulminator, but so far he doesn’t love it:(
Activity: This has fluctuated from the day we brought him home. Sometimes he just wants to lay down and sleep for hours, but then other times you’d think he’s running from a fire. The little guy just has a lot of energy spurts, and it drives us nuts! When we try to play with him, he usually wants nothing to do with us. It’s when we’re in the middle of making breakfast, or right after we sit down to relax for the night that he decides he’s going to unleash the Energizer Bunny from within. Point is – he’s got lots of energy right now. But he should mellow out a bit as he gets older, then a daily walk and play session should keep him balanced.
I think that about covers it. Robelee has definitely added a new element of responsibility to our lives that we were ready to take on (not those first few weeks though, those were terrible), and he sure has keep us on our feet!