Meet my dogs – Merlin
Merlin was born in 2015 in Poland and arrived in our family at the age of 8 weeks. He was beautiful, smart and really naughty. 🙂
In short: Merlin did not care about my personality, ignored me and did not have intention to get in touch with me.
As a puppy, he was already independent and determined, knew what he wanted and didn’t like to be stopped or restricted in these activities. One day he decided to dig out all the flowers. He jumped up into the flower bed. I went there, took him out, tried to capture his attention. He didn’t give up. Each time when I moved him out of the flower bed, he jumped back again – we did this at least 20x. By that time, I realized that it will be quite a challenge to train him.
The first year was very tough, we had quite many challenges and difficulties. It was hard to exhaust Merlin as at the time we could not walk without a leash yet, he did not bring balls back and had no intention to play with me. We walked approx. 6-9 miles (10-15 km) daily to make him tired. At least I was in good shape. 🙂
He scared the sh*t out of me a few times when he swallowed an elastic ball, ate a wasp and a slug, broke my tooth when he kicked me in the mouth, he pulled me to a lamp post while walking and so on. 🙂 At the time I didn’t consider them as funny as I do them now. Finally positive reinforcement training changed everything.
Merlin’s strongest quality is his beauty. Each time we take a walk, someone admires him, and he really enjoys this. 🙂 He loves to be the center of attention and considers that he is entitled to have them all. Merlin is aware when he is being praised and during this time he is like a cat, walks between your leg.
He loves humans! All of them! If he could, he would kiss everyone. He adores children.
In the past Merlin was interested in all dogs he’d glimpsed. Since he plays quite rough, most dogs didn’t have the same attitude towards him. 🙂 Today he is impassive with smaller breeds but gets excited to play with bigger dogs who are his potential playmates.
Merlin has pretty strong prey instinct, but he can be controlled. He does not chase nor prey cats, rabbits, birds.
He loves running, hiking. When he is in harness, he turns into a working dog and works very hard. He pulls from full force, even when he is exhausted.
Merlin loves to swim, steps into each puddle during a walk. He loves digging, wallowing in mud and be dirty. 🙂
Feels the coziest in nature.
At home Merlin is calm, sleeps all day long or rests in his couch.
He is a very talkative dog, uses at least different 20 sounds to let me know what he wants.
He loves to play agility, run and jump, and sometimes he becomes over-excited unfortunately. 🙂 He likes to do tricks and learn new things. Uses his head a lot better than he did in the past. I can see him thinking and trying to figure out what the task is.
Our relationship did not start easy, but I am very happy and grateful that he is my dog. I learned a lot from Merlin, not just about dogs and training but also about love, acceptance and patience.
Thank you, Merlin!