TRUCKER -- PROGRESS REPORT ON
A STAFFORD PUP
Trucker, my third Stafford, came to the house at eight weeks of age and since then has
at least doubled his body weight from 10 to 20+ pounds. At 10 weeks he learned to jump
upon my bed without help. At 12 weeks he started puppy kindergarten. At 15 weeks he
lifted his leg , p***ing on the fence post and strutted across the yard with his tail high in
This pup is a real challenge. He has learned the "come" command and now is fairly
reliable on the "sit" for about a minute. He is also learning to stand and seems to
understand what I want him to do. However, he does not get up on all four feet every
During training, he is still interested only in the goody in that hand before his face. Like
all little ones, he remembers only the playtime at class. As soon as we enter the class
room he is ready to play. We do the quiet exercise three times before he accepts that he
is going to have to wait for playtime until that standing woman finishes talking.
At playtime he is expected to come on command. He does this every time -- until he
discovers two little boys across the room.
Then I have to get the goody right under his nose. He looks at me as if I had rocks in
my head. He does condescend to come away with me on the end of the leash that he is
I really had forgotten how much fun it was to live with a baby Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Also, this time I have another Stafford to interact with him, which doubles the fun,
because Joey, his grand-dam, appears to enjoy him almost as much as I do. She will go
outside for duty calls without him, but she will ask to have him out with her if I don't let
him out soon enough. She can be a real pain about the asking too! Of course she does
not always want him to come out of his crate such as at bed time and some play time. She
wants her own private time with me, even demands it.
I guess most Staffords are good teachers and great to live with, too. We only have to be
willing to learn and keep our eyes and minds open.
My daughter and great-grandson have been visiting here in Vancouver. She has
Trucker's littermate with her, a sister who is plenty smart. He is having a time just
keeping up with her and been ready for beddy-bye every night this week.
Trucker has a pool in his back yard but hasn't learned to get into it yet. He thought it
was a nice drinking bowl and teething ring. Sis got right in and splashed about. He hasn't
done that yet -- and neither has Joey.