Well, it’s day 12 or 13 or something, but somewhere near two weeks. Ironically, the first week was actually easier than the second overall because of the lack of sleep. Behaviors are much easier to regulate when you are well rested, so when you aren’t, critical thinking and patience are elusive at best. Finally, last night the wee one slept through the night and thus far today, she has been fairly well-behaved. The biting has continued to get worse, partially because I don’t think she has figured out the difference between dog versus human play behavior. I hope that when she returns to her rightful owners, without the influence of another dog, she will get a little more clear on that point.
On that note, I would like to provide some news. The owners of the snuggle-bug are back in their hometown in Florida and have offered to meet to retrieve her. While still considering, I am having trouble with the pros and cons of the situation. It is only a week and a half or two weeks until we anticipated visiting them anyway, but those weeks are vital to several projects in progress at work (thus, a strong requirement for sleep). On the one hand, I know they miss her and would love to have her before she grows up to be too big, but the drive is quite a distance, especially on my only weekend day. Of course she is good for Kimba in terms of a playmate, but my parents having her would allow them to commence important training before she develops bad habits. I could take the gamble that she will be well behaved over the next two weeks, or relinquish the responsibility to those who wanted it in the first place. The next few hours will decide and I will relay the update to you after the much anticipated conversation with her Mommy and Daddy. Input? Let me know! I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on the daily articles and certainly will continue to request updates on her training should she leave me soon.
For me, it is nice to have that option to transfer her back, but remember that many of you that are considering committing to a puppy soon will not have that. Make sure that you consider the time and effort that goes into it before coming in for a new little one. Having multiple members in the house helps, but making sure that the message is consistent no matter who is giving it is absolutely vital. Time is important, patience more so. It is a lot but it is also one of the most rewarding things you could do. We haven’t gotten to the point where her tricks or behavior is completely consistent, but every time she sits before I attach her leash or open the door without being told, I remember what I have been working for. If you want to know more about the nuances of puppy training, we have a lot of great resources and of course I am happy to respond to any questions you may have!
Don’t forget to leave your comments, and if you missed any posts, go back and read them! My time with the puppy has been priceless (well, minus a few pieces of clothing and holes in the furniture) and certainly has been a learning experience. Whether you learned something or just enjoyed the ride, make sure to tell us what you think, whether it was your favorite moment, best piece of advice, or otherwise, I want to hear it! Thanks for your support, and don’t forget to keep checking to see how the saga will continue…