Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Sweetness: New First Pup, Sunny Obama

Sunny is not a democrat or a republican.  She is a cutie pie.





Sunny Obama with Big Brother Bo.


May I just add that I did my dog trainer thesis on Portuguese Water Dogs.
  They. Are. Awesome.

4 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Your thesis? Tell me more. Why are they awesome?

PuppyLovePrincess said...

@Whimsy: Besides being superpretty, Portuguese Water Dogs were actually bred to HERD FISH. Like, swim around, herding schools of fish for fishermen. How fun/amazing/weird is THAT?

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

That is cool. Wow. My husband would love that.

Are they good with young kids do you know?

PuppyLovePrincess said...

@juju: Yes, they are smart, big and sturdy, and can be good with young children, as long as they are both trained, meaning both the dog and child ;)

To be honest, not always, but really a lot of the time when it appears a dog isn't good with kids, it's often just because the kids in question haven't ever been taught how to respectfully interact with other species. It's all about creating a set of boundaries for the dog to follow, and a set for the kids to follow, too.

Portuguese Water Dogs have a lot of energy, so they just need extra walks and training (because they were bred to work, learning new things and taking direction helps focus that energy and makes for a more happy dog.) Much like other herding breeds, they are prone to the spontaneous herding of other family pets, even the family children, etc.