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I think I’ve been slacking on this lol. Oh well. Stella, who we got at 9 weeks, will be 16 weeks old tomorrow! Crazy!! She is literally doubled in size from when we got her, now weighing a whopping 4.2 lbs 🙂
Anyhow onto her training. She is pretty much fully housebroken. Only time she has accidents is if we aren’t paying attention when she’s at the door basically like if my mom is watching her & is busy cooking and doesn’t see. We’re like 80-90% there haha.
I have been taking her to puppy school twice a week for the past several weeks now and it is making a huge difference in her sociability. The first couple weeks, she was miserable, would hide behind me, under chairs, wouldn’t participate, didn’t want to interact with anyone people or dogs. Now she is so excited when we go, she wants to explore everywhere, she is very active in class, she says hi to everyone around (though she still gets a bit nervous when strangers come to pet her, she’ll go and sniff them, but when they reach out to pet her she’ll back up, we’re getting there!! I will say “go say hi!” And point at someone and then would give her tons of praise when she gave a friendly sniff, and would basically ignore her if she ran away and started barking. ) She is even starting to sniff noses with other puppies and dogs now!! Though big dogs make her a bit nervous of course. I am so proud of her growth here. Even the trainer says it’s night and day how much she’s changed she’s like a different dog in class now.
For training, she knows sit, spin, paw, lie down, let’s go (which is my phrase for “heel”), all done (means go back inside after playing or pottying outside), is doing excellent with drop it and leave it, kennel, knows a couple of her toys if you ask her to get them, and she is just recently learning stay!! She is pretty good when coming when called....unless a particularly curious smell catches her nose. Then it’s like she’s totally blind to treats and you basically just have to wait until she gets bored of whatever she’s sniffing and wanders back on her own. Trying to figure out better strategy there....it doesn’t happen all that often though. We have also just started working on not jumping on people (she gets excited and will leap at you and try to nip your face-big people can avoid it so I didn’t even initially realize it was a problem and found it cute when she would sprint leap into my lap but I realized with kids it isn’t easy and both my little sisters have had their lips chomped! So I’m correcting it now) We are also learning not to pull on the leash and I have her sit when she does so before we can continue. While she’s never going to be dragging me down the street, I’ve never taught a dog how not to pull on the leash before and I figure it’s good to learn in case I have a big dog someday where it will matter.
She is really becoming such a wonderful little dog.