Meet Lilah, our roughly 15 week old pup. I wanted to share how things are going with her and get general feedback from anyone interested in listening!
What's going good:
What's going good:
- Lilah really seems to like all types of people so far. Despite raising her during COVID19, I think her socialization has gone great. She gets very excited to meet new people (ears back, butt wiggling), and offers them gentle kisses (yes, we are being caution with who touches her given the state of the world).
- Lilah is smart! She's learned over 20 tricks so far: sit, shake, down, rise, touch, stay, come, look at me, leave it, line up, walk with me, heel, circle (she does a spin), kiss, crate, go potty, come around, between (goes between my legs), behind (walks from one side of me to the other side behind me), come find me, wave, play dead, roll over, and halt.
- Lilah is getting better at her commands with other distractions (other dogs in the home around, in the backyard, etc.).
- Lilah has only gone #2 once in the house since we got her at 8 weeks old! And, she seemed to have an upset tummy to give her credit.
- Lilah's play biting has gotten MUCH better. She rarely nips me and is very quick to switch from mouthing to kisses.
- Lilah is generally good about not going #1 in the house if we take her out very frequently (once or twice an hour), but sometimes if I think she needs to go and I don't physically carry her outside, she will pee by the door while I'm grabbing her leash (understood they need to go ASAP, but was hoping she would start being able to handle this a little better while I'm taking ~5 seconds to grab her leash).
- Lilah submissive pees every single time she sees my roommate's Boston Terrier. The Boston Terrier is fairly dominant, but leaves Lilah alone and they don't have negative interactions. I am wondering if this is just something she will grow out of? This happens even a moment after I've let her outside to relieve herself in hopes of preventing it.
- Lilah does not like her crate door closed or being alone. I have worked tirelessly since she was 8 weeks old to make her crate a positive environment. We have a pen around her crate where she sleeps and hangs out, and she will go in the crate on her own from time to time and eats her meals in it, but she really does not like the door closed on it. I have tried continuously making it a positive environment, practicing very small sessions building up to a few minutes with it closed, but she whines and howls frequently in there and has a hard time settling. I've tried giving her distractions (her favorite toy, a kong, etc) and it doesn't work. She will only be content in there if she's absolutely wiped from a puppy play date and passes out fairly quickly, but that will only be for about an hour of napping. I'm worried I won't be able to leave her for longer than an hour at a time without her becoming very stressed and nervous. If we work on crate training while she isn't napping, she often gets really worked up and is panting and obviously stressed. I want to be disciplined in getting her used to this environment as I don't trust her not to escape her pen if she was left for long periods of time, but also want to make sure I'm not stressing her out too much.
- Lilah has started play keep away sometimes with her toys. I'm not sure if it's okay to let her continue this as a game (as long as she learns fetch adequately) or if this is something I should try to fix sooner than later.
- Lilah is vocal and sassy! She loves to bark at her toys, or at me when she's feeling excited and feisty. I'm trying to figure out if she's just being a goofy puppy (it does make me laugh) or if I'm encouraging a behavior down the road that will be hard to correct.