Most of you probably know my little Ollie has been home for 2 weeks now. He is now 11 weeks and getting bigger by the second! Also a lot my confident and adventurous.
I have a couple of little issues that I'd like to hear your opinions and advice on.
When I'm playing with Ollie (usually tug of war) he gets very growly and can even nip my fingers on purpous! I try the yelping technique but it seems to make him more excited in these situations. If he is calmer the yelping works quite well. How can I come him down when he is just growling and jumping up at me? I try to ingnore him but he will just run out the door if I do that!
That's another problem. The door to my backyard has about 7 steps leading to it. Ollie is nw confidently climbing up and down these steps but he still slips a lot! I am so worried about his patellas when he does this but once he is off I can't get to him before he goes down them. When I take him outside to go potty all he wants to do is run around and play with plants etc. I usually wait for him but now I've been going back inside because it just takes SO long. That means Ollie has to go inside on his own, his quite capable but I'm worried about his joints. P.S We have a very secure backyard
I'm definately a worried new mother, I bet you can tell! After Ollie eats or drinks he makes like a little cough/hiccup noise. It worries me but not enough to ring a vet. Is this normal? He also sneezes a bit too but I haven't called the vet up because I don't know if it's serious. He only sneezes once or twice a day. His also sliding on our wooden floors a lot! I can't stop him because he has to get around some way but all the sliding and slipping must not be good for his patellas.
One last thing is that this morning I took Ollie outside and waited for almost 10 minutes and all he was doing was playing around. So I went back inside but when he came in he was VERY growly and biting me non stop. I sat him on the couch because he usually calms down and will have a rest but he was just growling and whimpering and trying to jump off every chance he had. This went on for quite a few minutes, just him growling and nipping. I gave him a toy but he was hadly interested. Could something had happened to him outside and hurt him or something?
OK long post! Lol A little good news on top of that.. Ollie is learning SIT and DOWN very wel and can even do them without treats! But he won't do it unless he is very calm at the time. He is also great with strangers, very friendly but also very nippy. I'd like to take him to cafes and places like that so he can meet new people but I'd have to take him in my arms. AH another problem, how do I get around this? Because he is soo wriggly in my arms I'm afraid he'd fall. He hasn't really met more then 1 stranger at a time. We're also going to enrol in puppy class next week or the week after.. if there are any spots left!
Thanks for reading my long post!