I keep Cooper's hair in a puppy cut so it doesn't require as much grooming as if he had a long coat. I brush him once a day and use Diamond Eyes on his face once a day. Throughout the day I also wipe away any eye gunk from his
When I first got Cooper I was living at my parents' house, and their house is kind of like a maze; you have to go through several doors to get outside, and it's quite a long walk. I knew there was no way a tiny puppy would make it outside.
Overall, yes he was quite easy to train, but he's not always quick to learn. He learns some commands after a few tries. Others require a lot more repetition. Cooper has a very long attention span when there are treats involved, so even if we need to practice a command
Cooper is rewarded with a combination of food, love, and praise :) Cooper is very food-motivated so when he's first learning a trick he needs to be rewarded with food to keep his attention, but once he's learned a trick he is not always rewarded with food. However I do normally
Dogs are "colorblind" but that word might not mean what you think it means. There are different kinds of colorblindness and with most kinds, you can still see some color. Dogs see the difference between yellow and blue clearly. That's why Cooper is only sorting yellow and blue at the
You might have noticed that a lot of the article headlines about Cooper call him a "genius" or say things like, he's "smarter than most toddlers." However, you need to understand that these are just clickbait headlines designed to get you to click onto the article. As his owner, I
A lot of people wonder why I (Kirsty, owner) chose to get a shih tzu (instead of a different dog breed). The short answer is: the shih tzu ticked all the boxes for the traits I wanted, and was a good fit for my lifestyle.
In 2012 I was preparing
I do it partly because I like to challenge him and keep his mind active, but I also think that dogs are capable of a lot more than most of us give them credit for, especially when it comes to communication. Have you ever heard of Koko the gorilla? Did
I started training Cooper a few days after I got him when he was 8 weeks old. I would ask him to sit, and when he did I would praise him and give him a piece of chicken. He figured it out very fast! I used this same method to