Ok, so I had completely forgotten how much work it is to have a puppy in the house! Don’t get me wrong, this little snuggle bunny is about as sweet as they come, but puppies had a whole new dimension of work to dog ownership (or in this case fostering.) But did I mention the snuggles and puppy breath are worth it though? Because they totally are!
I am happy to report we are making great progress with potty training! The rain storm, and Bea’s dislike of The Wet Stuff Falling From The Sky, led to an accident in the evening but I can’t be too mad at her about it. She seems to be starting to understand that it’s really exciting when she does her “business” outside. My neighbors on the other hand probably think I am bat-shit crazy because everytime she does her business outside, I praise her like crazy. By the way, I should probably go into this in more detail later, but I am a firm believer in POSITIVE reinforcement. Praise the behavior you want people! If I catch her in the middle of having an accident I give a quick “No” and take her immediately outside. If I don’t catch her in the act, it just gets cleaned up (with a cleaner that masks the odor of urine so she doesn’t think it’s her “spot”) with her in another room so she can’t see me doing it. She has been sleeping from about 10pm til 5:30am (this is due to our alarms going off, otherwise I think she would sleep longer!) and not waking up or having accidents in the night. When she is awake we go out every couple of hours–it is our job to set her up for success afterall and frequent potty trips is one of the ways we do that. When she does do her business outside it is all, “Good girl, good girl!” in verrrry excited voices with lots of cuddling. *As I am typing this, I just got a text from Rich (who went home on his lunch break) saying she did her business outside despite the rain! Go Bea!
I am also happy to report that she does not seem to have any separation issues. I was worried I would have a crying puppy on my hands when it was Crate Time but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Please cross your fingers this doesn’t change! My neighbors are not what you would call “pet friendly” so having me live there with (now) four dogs doesn’t exactly make for a pleasant experience for any of us. While I had Dash it was a living hell. The guy below me complained daily. Seriously, can May get here any sooner so I can move into a nice big house with a yard and no one living below or on either side of me please? Sigh, I digress. Bea doesn’t seem to have figured out that Kong’s are The Greatest Treat Invention In The Whole History Of Everness just yet, but I think she will sooner than later. She doesn’t object at all to the crate and, from what we can tell, doesn’t make much of a peep while she is in there. On Sunday we set up Rich’s phone to record her while we went to the grocery store and aside from a couple of tiny whimpers in the beginning she was quite. That, combined with the fact that it’s silent when we get home (I sneak in the door to see if I hear anything), and the fact that I haven’t had my landlord call me yet, leads me to believe she is in fact quiet while in her crate. Happy dance!
Bea has a funny quirk and I’d like to get some opinions on what to do. Normally I would just start googling and figure out the answer myself but I figured, “Hey, I have super smart bloggy friends, let’s see what they say!” So here’s the quirk: Bea doesn’t care about food. Like, at all. I’ve been feeding her in a room alone so the big dogs don’t eat all her food but every time I check on her she is just kind of hanging out. Inevitably I sit down and she hops in my lap and I proceed to grab a handful of food which she will then nibble on. Obviously this is not a habit I want to teach her. But, also obvious, is the fact that proper nutrition for a growing baby is really important. My gut instinct is to leave her alone with the food for a set amount of time and then remove the food. I would think that she would quickly realize she is hungry and begin to eat her food by herself without me hand feeding it to her. Thoughts?
Let me know what you think about the food situation. I’m very interested to hear the different opinions out there!