“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."
Erin & David got their dog this weekend. He is a cutie!
Happy Birthday (a day late) Buffett…
Yeah, we are trying. Last night and this morning were rough. All that comes to mind is the line in "Big Daddy" when he says, "GOD, you were normal yesterday!" He seemed so good on day one. Last night he wanted nothing to do with the crate and I had to go to bed so I could be up early for work today. He howled, and growled, and barked and whined. I could ignore him just fine, which is what you are supposed to do, except I was afraid he would wake the neighbors… it went on for over 30 minutes and he just got louder and louder (and this whole time I have ignored him and said nothing, which is what the book says). SO I took him outside, thinking that maybe he really has to go potty… and he did, but problem was not solved. I finally pulled his crate in the bedroom b/c a friend told us this helped their dog, and he was a little quieter, but he still just wanted out for about 20 minutes. The funny thing is that he will lay in his crate when the door is opened, so he doesn’t mind the crate… I think he just doesn’t like to be left alone (he is used to being with his brother). Then this morning he figured out that if he jumps at the top of the baby gate hard enough, he can knock it over to come into the bedroom/bathroom where I’m getting ready for work. As I was putting the gate back up I turned around and he was pooping in the bedroom. Naughty little puppy. He seems to pee outside just fine and I take him out A LOT. It’s really just a problem with the pooping. And I do take him outside even after he has had an accident. I’m trying to keep him on a schedule, but that’s not working great either. He doesn’t eat when we give him his food and he doesn’t eat or drink very much. And when I try to praise him outside for going potty, he’s too busy looking at everything going on and doesn’t bother with the treat. He is something else. I’m hoping that it’s just because all these sights and sounds are new.
On the other hand, he is a big lover and I absolutely adore him. It’s hard to stay mad at him with such a cute little face and when he is normally pretty good. I know that it takes time, but man can it get frustrating.
He is also getting much better on the leash (man are my shoulders/back sore today from our 30+ minute walk yesterday). He is also very good about sitting to put on his leash and at the door to go in. I guess I just have to take it one day at a time. He’s also learning how to play with his toys… sounds silly, but when dogs have never had them, they don’t know what they are. We still don’t understand balls, but we like our rope bone and firehose chewie. He also loves his kong bone that we put the treats in the ends. I have been putting some of his dog food in his baseball (there are 2 holes in it) and roll it around. As the food comes out he starts to learn to roll the ball… he liked that but still doesn’t get that you put the ball in your mouth. He’s so silly and does love to play with me though.
He is a cutie! Can’t wait to meet him. Erin you had trouble getting Buffy out to pee too! Hang in there- it happens all of a sudden- BE Consistent- even if he pees- take him outside. As far as the leash- again, be consistent. It may take a little tough love- trust me I know- but Jerry is right, you need to set an expectation and sometimes that comes with a little tough love. I don’t even use a leash with Buffett now unless we are in a public place, she heals right to your side and stays with us. What you want to do is give the command and then quickly follow with a snap to the hindquarters. That way he will recognize that the command results in some type of discipline. When he does it correct, praise him so recognizes that the behavior you want. Again, patience and consistency. It won’t happen overnight, but they are smart and they do learn quickly. Enjoy- they become an important part of the family and they sure are great when you have a bad day- they don’t care- they still love you anyway!
He is so good too! He rides great in the car and is pretty laid back. He doesn’t mind his crate and only had a little whimpering last night. He is generally quiet, except when kitty is on the other side of the baby gate and he wants to play with her (then he gives her a pathetic little growl). Luckily, she seems liek she doesn’t mind him too much, but still keeps her distance for the most part. They come within about 6 inches of each other and the both sniff each other and then part separate ways. He’s not good with the potty training or the leash walking, but is surprisingly pretty good with sitting. He is a big lover boy and are so happy to have him.
Looking at those feet- he looks like he has some growing to do. Don’t spoil him too much…haha!
He is adorable. (Love the yankee collar!!)
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