Kodee is now 9.5 wks old and let me tell you, little innocent snuggle puppy is almost gone! OK not gone, she still loves to cuddle alot, but holy-cow look out when she is awake - fiesty is an understatement!
We learned to sit when asked!! Wow nothing cutier than a muffin sized puppy sitting pretty waiting for congratulations!
We have accepted our collar and lead - but getting the puppia over our head, hasnt happened!
Still only 4 accidents in 1.5 wks Mind you, accident free due to my taking her out after each wakeup, before meal and after meal; cant say she actually asks to go out!
She passes out on the couch at 8 or so, goes out at 11 and into crate in the kitchen and then not a word till 7am.
The Bad and Questions on Handling!
She can get really excited and very insistant about nipping hands, pulling clothing! I begin 1st time ahhah 2nd put down and ignore 30 sec then redirect with toy 3rd ignore walk out of room BUT darn if she is not insistant! Is this just normal to take time at 9.5 wks? Seems a little too playful to me at this age.
OK next, I admit it - she has me wrapped around her finger. I am embarrassed to admit - she has not been xpened. I keep her in the kitchen with me, or den (since accidents on rugs havent happened) for playtimes. She crawls in my lap when tired and falls asleep - I then carry her to her crate and leave the door open (I can see when she wakes up).
I did start closing it one or two times a day so I could shower etc.. All the females in this house are princesses - she fits in perfectly! But I see myself doing the same thing I did wrong with my babies - had the worst time putting them in a crib before they fell asleep in my arms...hense why mommy had issues once they got bigger. OH Ya I know I am going down the same road here. I need to gut up before I make separation an issue. But the one time I used the xpen, she was really scared, she just didnt understand why she couldnt get to us. She does not seem bothered by the crate (ok I cheat as she is asleep when I put her in it, but she doesnt cry to be let out day or night). All the books say a young pup shouldnt be crated except at night - considering she is out with me all day, would it be wrong to lock her in the crate for an hr or two once or twice a day?
Feeding has been a bit of a chore as I needed to first switch kibble, but tha is now taken care of. But she wont eat any kibble (more than an 1/8 c on a good day plain). If I dip a spoon in yogurt and stir the kibble with it she will eat it all. Or if I shred about 2 tps of cheese on top she eats most. These arent too fattening amts are they for a 9wks pup at about 5lbs? We always have cheese and yogurt so its not a problem, I just want to be sure I dont get her so accustomed to it, that when she is larger doing this will add too much weight.
Face it, Kodee has me wrapped as tight as can be. My daughter has a dentist appointment tomorrow and I cant leave her alone, simply because I havent gotten her used to an expen or being put in crate while awake (the minute she wakes up, I am always right there). Just how to I gut up to do this, every day I say ok today you must get her used to it, and then I dont. Is it that much a problem if I wait till 12 wks or so - am I really creating the monster I think I might be...