I was reading Darlene Arden's post on people who take children to public places then allow said children to scream bloody murder and irritate everyone around them. About that time my puppy started playing with her mother, screaming at ear splitting volume. I do not remember past puppies making quite so much noise.
Maybe I am getting older and more sound sensative. I cannot wait until she gets her final shots in a couple of weeks, will be past her fear periods, and I can start training. I do not mean the old jerk and snatch training, but the gentle "make the dog think it is her idea" training. She is smart as a whip, and has already learned to sit to have her leash attached so she can go outside. She usually sits so I can remove the leash.
On the bad part of the good news/bad news equation, she is a bit mouthy and convincing her that humans are not for chewing without traumatizing her for life is going poorly. Her mother is that way, as well. When Sandy showed up at my doorstep, bags in hand, I let her in. I had never had a herding dog, however, and was at a loss to stop the nipping and pawing when she wanted attention.
Being the geek I am, I bought a couple of books on the breed she appears to be, an Australian Cattle Dog. I ended up training her to roll over on her back when she wanted attention instead of the nipping and pawing. For a while, as an adolescent, she would come hurtling toward me at full gallop, then flip over on her back and slide up to me. That took some nerve to stand my ground the first time or two she did it, too.
I hope to train Star to calmly sit and wait for attention. I also intend to train her to bark on cue, which means I can tell her no bark and she will shut up. That is the theory, at least. We shall see. As the old serials used to stay, "Stay tuned."