Icelandic Sheepdog Puppy!

Hey guys! Meet Runar!

He's an icelandic sheepdog puppy from the same breeder as Odin. He's about 9 weeks old, and he's available for adoption! I've gotten so much love from everyone about our Odin Bear, and I just love these puppies to death, so I thought I'd share for anyone in the market or looking for a little icelandic love. But before you go falling in love with that sweet face (and those ears, they kill me), there are some things you should know about icelandic sheepdogs (aka things I've learned from Odin, who may or may not be an extreme example): they BARK (this is not to be underestimated...), they're super smart and require positive training but it's so worth it, they are pretty tough little watchdogs, they are hilarious and like to sleep on the floor with their legs stretched straight out behind them, they are herding dogs to an extreme degree so be prepared to be bossed around, they're the most people-loving dogs I've ever experienced in my life. I would love to adopt another pup, but we're going to wait until Odin is fully trained and can actually help us train a new little one before we take that on.

Anyways, just wanted to share – it's often hard to find these puppies because there are so few of them in the U.S.

Contact Sandi Dunn if you're interested. :)

Indulge me, will you?

While I was editing photos of my trip to Slovenia finally, I found these pictures of odin that just make me ache with love for this little dude. So I have to post them here, obvi. 

I'm diving into his training these days — I want to spend some time writing a post at some point about the methods we're using and why I believe in them. Odin is an Icelandic sheepdog — a herding dog through and through. He's bossy, nips and barks when he wants something, he's very smart, has a shit ton of energy, most certainly needs a job to do, and WAY prefers people to dogs. He's proven to be QUITE a pain in the ass with regards to leash reactivity and barking (my trainer says that out of the 1,000 or so dogs she's worked with, he is the barkiest she's ever come across). He's having an adolescent phase that is seriously no joke and all of these things are pushing me way outside of my comfort zone in so many directions. That said, I've learned SO MUCH about dog behavior and handling from our incredible trainer and I just love being able to apply these skills and communicate properly with this little guy.

He's just the sweetest, funniest little soul I've ever met, and I am sort of loving this challenge and working through all of his issues.

 

(By the way, for those of you who are interested, Anu is a very happy boy with his human family and all his doggy siblings. I get sent pictures and videos regularly, and I am so happy that he is where he belongs!)

Morning snuggles...

...that temporarily fulfill my need for a baby. 

 

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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