It has been about two weeks since I pleaded for help on this forum. I just wanted to give everyone an update and you all sooo much for all your advice and kind words! These past two weeks have given me the most grueling and rewarding experiences I could ever imagine.
First of all, she is the most INREDIBLE puppy. She has grown so much in such a short amount of time. After the first 2-3 nights, she is completely crate trained and goes into her crate w/o complaint. On most nights sleeps straight through to about 6:30AM. (She can hold her pee for almost 8 hrs, amazing!!) She will only make soft whimpers if she needs to go potty and then go back to sleep.
She is also ex-pen trained and she will play in the ex-pen by herself or mostly sleep. That took a little longer for her to get accustomed to, she would cry for hours before, but now she may just give a few cries and then she immediately settles down. I was so worried about SA, but she definitely likes her pen now. If we play with her too much, sometimes she'll run to the pen to get put in.
Recently, I noticed she would limp sometimes, just a few hops and then back to normal. At first, it broke my heart b/c I thought she had some sort of serious deformity. I took her to the vet yesterday and it turns out that she has a medial luxating patella in one of her knees. That was definitely a rollercoaster experience as I thought she had a hip problem. Loose kneecaps seem like nothing compared to what I thought!
Housebreaking is still something I am working on. She seems to know to go on the ugodog but if I don't change the peepad after awhile, she'll find somewhere else to go. I guess she doesn't like to pee in the same spot!
If anyone has read this entire essay (once I start, it's hard to stop), I only have two small issues with her. One is, she doesn't seem very food motivated. It is really difficult at mealtime because she is a very slow eater. I have tried everything to get her to eat. Take the food away after 15 min, wet the kibble, etc. The most successful way is to have her lay down on a pillow and feed her one piece of kibble at a time.... but that is very time consuming!! I am worried b/c I know she is a growing puppy and don't understand why she isn't going crazy about her food? I have tried both Innova and Wellness puppy food, and I know they are top quality. I have also tried sprinkling it with liver... I was just wondering if anyone has experienced this and if maybe it's b/c she's still a puppy?
Another one is... she isn't very cuddly. I was also wondering if that's something she will grow into. She always wants to play, I will try cuddling her in my lap but she will always want to get out. The only time she is still is if I stand up and she is in my arms high off the ground. Even if I'm sitting in a chair she will try to jump off the chair. I thought puppies love to cuddle
I want to cuddle!
Sorry I wrote such a long post.. I just wanted to share all my highs and lows with everyone. And of course, some pictures!