Just thought I’d give a quick update on the “puppy problems” stuff and where he is today.
Potty Training – I would say done, no accidents in the house for many many weeks. Yay!
Chewing on things not allowed – good maybe 95% of the time, still having some trouble with garden things. But he has stopped trying to chew cupboard handles and the floor when he’s frustrated. So I’m pretty pleased with that. Also, hasn’t tried to chew the furniture for some time. Shoes still aren’t left out, anything valuable is still stowed away.
Rooms allowed in – All at various times, I still watch the bathroom door in case he thinks about getting into the garbage in there
Where does he sleep – Kennel at night and when I’m at work.
Leash Training – Still a work in progress, but pretty good on his own
Off-Leash Recall – Work in progress, pretty good with low level distraction
Basic Obedience – Good at normal / low level distraction
While I don’t trust him out in the house (yet) when I’m not home, he is pretty good now. I don’t have to watch him 24/7 anymore. He does still do things that aren’t allowed, but they are much fewer and further between. Leash walking, paying attention to me, good to play with his toys, and will settle down and hang out for short periods.
Puppy Things Still In Progress:
Dealing with his frustration has probably been the biggest hurtle through his puppyhood, he’s getting better at dealing with it, but still gets frustrated when he doesn’t get what he wants as fast as he wants it. This has improved, but he’ll still jump on the counter when he thinks I’m taking too long to prepare his breakfast. Impulse control is another related one, he’ll get excited on a walk or when we are training and jump on me, visitors who come to the house, or Tess when I walk the together. It’s hard to remember how much he has improved, but it still needs some work & time to sink in.
After coming back from my holiday, he has been more vocal about going in his kennel. He’s gotten better this last week, but it’s taken him a bit to get back in the groove of things. One related (sort of funny) thing he does is whine / woof at my alarm in the morning. He doesn’t do it when I sleep in on the weekends, doesn’t make a peep. So it’s something to do with the alarm itself I think, I’m not quite sure what to do about this one, but it does help me get my butt out of bed in the morning!
He’s still not sure about getting into the car on his own, so we’re working on that. But he’s pretty good in the car itself.
Overall, if that’s all I have to complain about he’s doing great! I’m really impressed with his progress, and he seems more settled and better at controlling his excitement than Tess was at his age. I think having the second dog has really helped with that. As much as it might be frustrating for me to deal with trying to walk them both, with him tugging on Tess’ leash, or trying to entice her to play while we walk…getting all of us quite impressively tangled, he is learning to settle himself a little faster than Tess did at his age.
I’m so excited to see the lovely grown up dog he seems to be growing into!