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Things are so much easier now
I admit I was greatly overwhelmed when we first brought Stella home. There were sooo many things she had to learn and challenge after challenge with training. But I tried to view each as a puzzle to solve and felt awesome when I’d start seeing her practice good behaviors!! Things started to improve a lot by the time she got to 13 weeks I would say. (She’s 16 weeks now and has improved even more since) So about a month of constant, consistent training.
It would be absolutely exhausting. Taking her outside every 5-15 minutes, with no way of really knowing when she had to go and just hoping you caught it on time, and hoping she would eventually go while you were out there and wouldn’t go right when you got back inside. Constant teaching of things like bite inhibition and what not to chew on, which I realized I didn’t just have to teach the dog, I had to teach my whole family too to keep the training consistent!! Her screaming like a wounded monkey when we’d put her in the kennel at night. Having to set my alarm to get up during the night to let her out, and my mom having to take early mornings with her sometimes as early as 4:30, averaging around 5 am!! Realizing she could fit through the gates in our backyard and having to “puppy proof” entire chunks of our backyard so she couldn’t find a way out to the road or the neighbors’ big dogs, me out in 90 degree weather with garden mesh and zip ties getting eaten alive by mosquitos.
Yeah. Puppies are not for the faint of heart!! But now things are just so, so much easier. She knows to wait at the door to go out. She only goes like once every 30 mins-an hour now. She sleeps perfectly through the night and wakes up when my mom does. Sometimes she’s content now to just sit and quietly chew a bone for ages. She understands a lot of different commands now and for the most part is quite well behaved. So anyone who’s having a miserable time of it now like I was, just know it does get better!! I feel like I am finally starting to enjoy my time spent with her, and can relax more instead of having it be all about constant stress of proper training and the drudgery of many many many trips outside for pottying. And I am very grateful for that 🙂