Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Back to the puppy days...

We have had 4 dogs for the past 7 years.... I mean, we've had at least one dog since Ricky & I have been together... but 4 at one time, a constant in our house for 7 years.  Anything less then 4 feels odd to us now.

& the last 2 that came into the house weren't really puppies.  Bruno was almost 3 & totally potty trained.  Zoe was about 6 months, they figured (we found her stranded & snow covered... pitiful)

So its been 12 years since we've had a puppy... I mean, PUPPYYYYY in the house.

The teeth
The claws

Why did God make them so sharp?

Shark Week has nothing on this
Animal Planet needs Puppy Week!!!!

We've already lost a dozen pair of socks... 3 pairs of shoes because the shoe laces are gnawed off... one of my favorite t-shirts has a hole where a puppy tooth jabbed through it when Harvey grabbed it & pulled while I was trying to put it on.

And back to the world of potty training.

He's actually getting it down decently ... it helps when dogs have other dogs to watch...

Let me start again - we THOUGHT he was getting it down decently.

I was 15 minutes late getting to work because I was cleaning up spot after spot after spot.  The problem is, once Harvey squats, I scream NO!!!!!

I even do a head shake with the scream

He freaks out & takes off running... all the while running while peeing.

Hey, that would make a race a total mess if people did that... (there probably are people that do that in a race)

Off topic... anyways...

He's a nervous pee'er ... you yell, he pees.... you yell about the pee, he's going to pee more. 

You can't say, "Don't pee pee" in a easy voice & not get your point across...

No No
yeah... that would work GREAT.. I can tell...

Oh man... I forgot about these puppy days...

But I also know they will pass.  Harvey will be growing up quickly.  We'll train him & he'll learn.  It takes time & patience.

It took time for Sydney to learn... it took time for Buffy to learn...
Buffy's life went by so fast...
So when I think about going through this puppy stage, I know its frustrating, but I know time goes by fast...
& it makes me want to try to cling to patience so I can enjoy the other things that comes with the puppy stages.

The timid that makes him want to run to only me or Ricky for protection
That soft fluffy hair they have
Those cute little legs
That curiosity of learning everything new .....  A bug?  What's that?  The vacuum?  It sounds like the devil!
The puppy snuggles... is there anything better in the world?

So here we go again...

Good thing he's cute...

Any new puppy advice that I should know?
Any new tricks or advice on potty training?
Anyone just craving puppy snuggles now?


  1. Our Lily is the best potty trained dog we've ever had and we used the crate method. Worked really well for her.

    I'm so glad you love your new puppy and that he's a forever dog for you. He is just so cute in the pictures. :)

  2. It's been too long since we've had a puppy to remember anything. Our current dog was probably 9 months old when we got her from the shelter and she was potty trained already.

    Good luck and yes it is a good thing he is cute. That's also why God made babies so cute too.

  3. Oh my gosh, so cute!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!! I'm so excited for you!!!! We will get through this, I feel like you! It is so hard but it will be worth it :)

  4. Ohmigosh how adorable!!!

    When we were potty training our guys, we would take them outside pretty frequently. We would wait until they went and immediately gave them a treat. Bentley was potty trained but forgot due to being returned to the shelter, but picked it up quickly. We think since Bentley knew how that Royce was able to pick it up quicker.

  5. There's definitely a reason God made them so cute : ) Enjoy-he's adorable!

  6. I would say "be prepared".

    *We crate trained Maggie and made sure to get a crate that was appropriate for her size. We had a larger crate that we "closed off" a portion so that she couldn't potty in the back of the crate and still lie down in a clean spot (if that makes sense).

    *Before we portioned it off, she started wetting in her crate at night, so we got up at 2 a.m. (I know....I KNOW!) to let Maggie out. We then started to increase it to 3:00 a.m., 4:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m., etc. for every month of age. 4 months: 4 hours. 5 months: 5 hours, etc.

    *At about 9 months we thought, "WE GOT THIS! SHE'S POTTY TRAINED!" and then WHAM! Accidents again. So, be prepared for a step backwards about 9 or 10 months of age. I had numerous friends tell me this and I didn't believe them and sure enough! It happened!

    *Typical stuff....lots of praise when he goes where he should. Stern "NO" or "AH AH AH!" when he goes where he shouldn't and catch him when he's doing it.

    It is long and tedious and you wonder, "will he EVER get it?" But he will and all will be good.

    And you're right. It does too fast with the pups!


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