The one thing I had not done before we picked up our puppy was to be properly trained on how to train a puppy. Puppies come with sets of behaviors, and the secret is to know how to communicate best with the puppy. Our puppy came with boundless energy, an appetite, need to eliminate and an ability to use its teeth via biting/mouthing to investigate everything.
By using a crate to keep her in between breaks including potty, play, and food breaks, it keeps the house safe from biting and puppy elimination, so far. We had finished out the back yard so she would have room to play etc., and she learns a bit more of it each day. Plus a crate serves as her cozy den. While I used to sleep with my cats this puppy will not be joining us in bed.
Our largest issue has been that Paisley didn’t know the difference between one’s hand, toe or nose from a toy, at the beginning. She has learned this is not acceptable, and it has gotten much better with room for more improvement. She has taken to chasing and fetching her ball for up to maybe 5 minutes before she loses interest and fights with the plants in the pots or beds.
Sometimes at night when taking her out back the coyotes will howl from several directions with one pack hanging out in the trees not 200 feet behind our home. It is funny to see her stop play and look in the direction of the howling. We also fenced the yard such that critters cannot easily enter it.
We also have a great horned owl, not sure how great it is but that’s its name, and it hangs out in the backyard and one of the first nights we took her out to play the owl had perched itself on top of the house, and we decided to keep a close eye and stand near so puppy does not take a first and last flight with the owl.
I had two cats for almost twenty years and they are simple. Dogs require so very much more but I am happy to announce I am taken with this puppy like I never thought possible. May your weekend be an awesome one feel free to share this as you like and Be well!