had a few dogs when we were kids, but they were outside dogs. Huey
is an indoor dog (lap dog). Huey lives in our family room/kitchen/nook which is
one room with tile flooring. Also, in the the room is the door to the fenced backyard
which has a doggie door installed so he can go outside whenever he
has a vocabulary of at least 50 words. For example the word work.
He is a very quiet dog and can go for hours without making a sound. If I go to
another room (out of sight), he will bark/whine for me to return or take him along.
However. If I say I am going to WORK before I leave the family room
he is silent and he knows I will not be back for several hours.
also knows the meaning of the word treat. Recently, Shaowei was sitting
in the recliner chair in the family room and I was a few feet away doing email
at my computer desk. Shaowei was facing Huey who was sitting on the foot rest
of the recliner. Shaowei was saying Shake Hands, Huey, Shake
Hands, Huey and he was ignoring her (he did understand, but he wasnt
in the mood for tricks). I said Hey, Huey do you want a Treat?. He
instantly looked at me and raised his paw to shake hands with her. It was hilarious
he just needed motivation.
He can Shake Hands,
Give Me Five and Fetch (he is in the mood to cooperate
most of the time). He learned to Fetch at a very young age. The unusual
thing is that he plays Fetch differently with me and with Shaowei.
With me, after he brings me the Fetch object, the game changes to
Tug-of-War and we growl at each other for a minute or two before the
release and next toss. With Shaowei he drops the object at her feet because
she does not like Tug-of-War and has scolded him for it.
is a picky eater but he is very healthy. I read that his breed should grow to
10-12 lbs fully grown. He now weighs 14.5 lbs at 11 months old.
summer we were at a friends house outdoor bar-b-que. The friend cut a small
piece of steak and dropped it on the patio for Huey. Huey sniffed it and turned
up his nose and walked away. The friend was shocked. My dog will eat ANYTHING!
I never saw a dog refuse STEAK! he said.
likes steak sometimes but he does not eat when he is not hungry (unlike
me). He also likes variety. Sometimes he wants meat (his favorite chicken jerky).
Sometimes he wants vegetables (his favorite raw peas in the pods).
will really think I am nuts when I tell you my dog can talk. But he can say one
word semi-clearly. The word is Ahmm which is Chinese slang
baby talk for food.
Shaowei has been saying Is Huey
hungry? Does Huey want Ahmm ? almost daily to him since he was a
3 lb puppy.
I am in my recliner watching TV or taking a nap he loves to join me on the foot
rest between my ankles. Until a couple months ago he almost never faced to me
when we were on the recliner together. One day a couple months ago, he faced to
me nose to nose and said Ahmm. I said Huey are you hungry?
Do you want Ahmm ? He repeated the word Ahmm. This scenario has repeated
at least two dozen times since. Really, my dog can say one word.
about the only time that Huey barks in an assertive macho way is when the doorbell
rings or when someone says Hello. Huey is just about the most whimpy,
afraid of his own shadow dog that I have seen.
But, when the
doorbell rings or when someone says Hello he sounds like a mini pit
bull. We dont have very many people coming to our front door and we enter/exit
thru the garage almost always. So when he hears the doorbell ring or when someone
says Hello, he goes into intruder alert mode. Of course, when he gets
close to the intruder all he does is lick them and jump on them.