Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cute as a button

A couple new pictures of Sophie...we got bored yesterday :)

She's been doing a little better with her potty training. She pees more frequently on the pee pad, but still needs work on where she poos. She is also an excape artist in training because she has gotten out of her safe area twice. But, the few days she did stay in it, I think, helped remind her where she is to potty.

My bf is visiting and this is the first time he's seeing her since she was newborn. His first words were "Wow, I didn't expect her to be this cute" :D After a couple hours, he was smitten!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Our first weekend with Sophie

Mom and I went to Jackson, MS this past Sat. to pick up my new Mi Ki puppy, Sophie. She has been a joy!

Our first hurdle is potty training. She has been pee-pad trained by the breeder, and did fine her first day at my apt. I guess things have been so chaotic and she's getting adjusted to her new home, but the rest of the weekend she decided to potty on the carpet. It's not just one area, but where she deems appropriate to go. Today I'm dropping her off at a friends house to I can go to a potty training seminar at Petsmart. I praise her when she goes on the pad, but it's just not enough to keep her using the pad. So, I'm getting a spray to get rid of the sent in the carpet where she's already pottied and getting a spray to encourage her to potty where she's supposed to.
Sophie is almost 10 weeks old (this Fri.) and she's still learning about her new world. For example, she hasn't quite developed her sense of self...hence her 20 minutes of barking and yapping at her reflection in the glass pane of the t.v. stand.

She has a little bit of separation anxiety, but I think I'm handling it okay. Today is our first day apart so I left a shirt I intentionally wore a few days in her bed so my scent will be with her and keep her a little calm. I'm getting her some treats today to both reward her when she potties in the correct place and to give her a special treat when I come and go. This way she'll see my leaving and return as a good thing.

I'm trying to follow Victoria Stillwell's advice along with a few other trainer's advice I've read in a magazine on toy dogs. I haven't gotten too frustrated yet and I'm hoping I'll be able to keep calm and positive through out both of our learning experiences.

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