January 7th 2013 7:16 am
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At this point, Eric didn't have the heart to keep her in the crate at night so she's been sleeping on the foot of our bed. I put her blankets down on the foot and she's only allowed on them and not the rest of the bed (i love my comforter and don't want it to get messed up lol plus I feel there should still be some boundaries). In the meantime though, I've been trying to crate train through when I leave the house and putting her in and giving her treats before and after. Usually, if I give her a good treat when she goes in she's so content with the treat that she doesn't cry at all, but by the time I get home she has realized nobody is there and shes crying so loud you can hear her outside the house.. which I hate, but I know its all about tough love.
However, with her sleeping at the end of the bed she sleeps much longer and we are getting better sleep, but it has changed my sleeping habits to where I am now getting up at 6-7am and going to bed earlier (I used to not go to bed until midnight or after and getting up around 10am). So, I am currently getting used to that.. although thank goodness for hubby -- Monday-Tuesday is our weekend with his work schedule and so this morning, he got up with her and let me sleep in.. although I think because she woke up at like 2am and I was so exhausted I felt ill, but I am looking forward to things getting easier and us just getting used to the shift in everything.
And before I go, I did want to mention how excited we are to get Diary of the day today and thank you for all the puppy love we have received from members.. it is greatly appreciated! =D
January 2nd 2013 4:07 pm
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So, we have now had her for 3 days and she has already learned some tricks and things. At first she fought the leash, but has since gotten better to where we can somewhat walk. She has learned how to shake your hand, sit, and is learning fetch.
She also seems to like her crate, but unfortunately doesn't like to be enclosed so at night every 2 hours she wakes up crying and we have to get up and console her. This morning, while Eric was in the shower, I tested it and I closed the bedroom door and then I went and got in bed to see what she would do... she went into her crate on her own and she laid there a bit, then she went and laid at the foot of the bed using one of my boots as a pillow which I honestly should have taken a photo of.. it was super cute! lol
She seems to cry a bit when she needs to go out so I am thinking about testing it a bit further and maybe take a nap during the day and keep her crate open and close the bedroom door so that she has the bedroom and see how she does. I have been taking her up into the bedroom and closing the door so that she can play in her crate a bit (our bedroom is upstairs and we stay downstairs unless we are going to bed or getting dressed) and just get comfortable with it and not have us close her up in it every time she gets in.
December 31st 2012 5:50 pm
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Today, we brought Mika home and it feels great =D We have settled in nicely, introduced her to her crate and started to slowly change her food to a grain free product. She seems to really enjoy the nylabone we got her and she is just the sweetest ever.
At first, getting into the car she was a bit nervous because I guess she didn't understand what was happening, but not too long after she calmed down and started to smile and nuzzle into my arms. Since getting home, she has already started to follow us everywhere and does not like us to leave the room.
She's already learned to give a hand shake! I feel like a proud mommy who can't stop looking at my little one. As a married couple with no children.. it definitely feels like our baby. I look forward to the memories to come =)
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