I am so proud of little Ceylon. After 2+ weeks of somebody almost always being by his side, day and night, he hardly ever cries when we leave the room for a minute any more, even when he has to be locked in the kitchen. It's like he is realizing that we will always come back for him
Today was the big test - I've hired a sitter 3 days a week for this young period in his development, and I have been able to work from home the remaining days - up until today. So he was locked in the kitchen with all of his toys, crate, food, water, pee pad, and a kong for 4 hours today - ideally, I am planning on leaving early on the days when he has to be home alone so that I can come home for lunch, so that he is only alone for a couple of hours at the most, but that didn't happen today since I was busy trying to set our webcam up to check in on him, and suddenly I was late for work, not early!
Anyway, I checked in on him periodically (like, every 15-30 minutes!) throughout the day via webcam (Skype, actually, lol), and I never once heard him cry!! In fact, until the last 15 minutes, he was so quiet every time I checked on him (I couldn't really see him very well since the webcam is currently set up across the room - I will set it up better the next time he is alone) that I started to freak myself out, imagining that something horrible had happened haha. Of course, he was perfectly fine, and he was definitely getting restless at the end - I could see his little head moving around a bit as he moved around the kitchen, and he voiced a couple of soft complaints, but no real crying or barking - but I am talking 15 minutes before my daughter got home, so all was well. Yay Cey! What a great improvement from just a week or two ago, when he would start crying the second, and I mean the SECOND, I left the room to go use the bathroom, grab something from my room, etc.
To be honest, I was thinking/hoping that he would prove to be a real chill dog when left alone, since both of his parents were very calm and relaxed, but up until a couple of days ago, I was getting a bit worried
But he seems to be doing GREAT so far (fingers crossed!!!)
Now if only potty training would progress as nicely! Instead of improving in that area, he has started a horrible
habit of peeing wherever he is, including on the couch, even when we have just taken him out (and he also has pee pads all over the house)!! He doesn't seem sick, so for now I am thinking/hoping this is just a phase?! I also apparently don't recognize his signs very well yet... sigh. Well, I will take potty training problems any day over a crying dog, since the crying could get us in trouble with the neighbors and cause me much more stress and worry than cleaning up little puppy pee messes with vinegar every so often
"mess? What mess?"