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Sunday, April 25, 2010

What were we thinking!!!


I knew I would say this but I forgot how exhausting a new puppy is.  ugg.

Potty training stinks.

The kids slept on the floor by the pup for the last two night but last night everyone was ready for their own beds.  What to do...

 Last night I broke the *this dog will never see the inside of a bedroom* rule and put him on a mat on the floor next to my bed (when exhaustion kicked in at midnight...).  He whined for a second and put his paws up on the bed but I pushed him off once and he didn't ask to get up again.  No accidents during the night but I took him out three times.  Tonight I am going to try to get him to go back to sleep instead of getting up. For the next couple of nights I will have him sleep on the floor next to my bed but then hopefully to the crate without crying all night... 

Crating  would have been easier for Beau  if he had spent time in the crate with his litter mates.... so we will work  on it gradually.

I forgot that I love training.  I don't know what it is--something about learning to communicate with a creature.  And dogs love people...

Training:  we are using regular puppy kibble and we are training during meal times.  We have lots of offered sits now.  Beau does great with the "Puppy come game."  I also started working on targeting today as well as clicking for sitting politely to get dinner from my hand.

Tomorrow all my puppy-sitters go back to school so we'll see how it goes!

3 comments:

sariah said...

What a cute dog!! That's great that you like the training part. I'm not sure I would.

Jamie H said...

hey, its cute! I'm currently potty training a two year old and don't think that I would trade you. Good luck!

Emily said...

Beau is so cute! Make sure he doesn't grow until we get there in August, k?