I've been busy with preparations for Mae and Tim has been busy dealing with my preparations for him as well. The expen is set up, along with Mae's "big" crate (with divider) so Tim will be used to all this stuff well before the little princess arrives. Tim does not like stuff to be changed so I decided to make those things that have to change well in advance of our big day. During this process I have come to realize that changes that are no big deal for us, or some less sensitive dogs, are huge to those that are. Here's a list of things I've had Tim adapt to in the past few weeks, he's such a good boy and I'm very proud of the progress he's made.
1- 100% crate trained, he now LOVES his crate and sleeps in it most of the time. (Shaping)
2- New car seat (Large Snoozer Lookout It's AWESOME!). He has moved from his car seat in the front seat to sitting (very happily) in the back seat. (Cold turkey just put him back there, with lots of verbal praise from the front seat)
3- Going down the stairs himself. HUGE!!! (Started him going down the last few and each day moved up the staircase step by step)
4- New steps at our bed so Tim can get himself out of bed in the morning and follow me downstairs while I'm holding Mae. (Kind of ongoing, he only goes down the first one and jumps the rest of the way, but he'll get it.)
5- New stainless steel bowls in a new location so he's not eating right next to Mae's expen. (Video below shows how our first meal went. I had to sit next to his bowl and start hand feeding him until he realized it's his meal just in a different bowl.
He's fine now but really??? He's totally "Type A"
I know that things will be a huge change for Tim once little Mae gets here but if I can help to lessen some of the changes I'm aware of I'm doing it. I'm so excited to see how this sibling relationship develops and I know he would have loved some puppy companionship these past couple rainy days. My family is actually starting to get excited for our Mae pickup next Sunday, it's about time!