Join Date: May 2014
Location: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
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Well here we are at 2 weeks in. Got Ollie 2 weeks ago last Friday at 8 weeks of age, so he is now 10 weeks. This is what we have accomplished so far. Sleeping is great, we have him on a schedule of 2 hours nap 2 hours play. He gets up 8, plays till 10, naps till noon, sleeps till 2 and so on till his bedtime is at midnight. He has had very few accidents in the house. I think I am more trained than he is though. Having said that he wimpers and goes to the door for poops. He can feel it coming on soon enough to warn us. Peeing comes on too quickly for him to go to the door but I have learned his signals and also have learned to time him well after meals and play. I immediately take him out when he wakes up. Accidents now are few. He knows his command word for potty and goes on command in his spot in the yard, that is great. He loves what we call trick time, this is where we teach him commands and he gets excited when we ask if he wants to do tricks. He knows sit, down, roll over, dance and is learning shake a paw. He walks on the leash now, although he insists on carrying it in his mouth. Has been socializing well with safe places, pets and people in the neighbourhood and has been very accepting of everyone. He even recognizes some of the children from across the street and is desperate to go see them when they are in view. We are working on the nipping. He understands the word gentle, but at times gets so worked up he gets frustrated when we tell him to be gentle and it makes it worse. He is definitely getting better though. He loves his crate. I rarely have to put him in it for nap time he usually goes in by himself. When you ask him if he wants to go night, night, he jumps right in. He plays so hard when he is awake he is ready for naps. Everything has been achieved with over the top praise, good boy, over and over and kisses and hugs, he loves it. He also likes treats. I give him tiny little broken off bits the size of a pin head each time he does something important. I am a stay at home, retired, mom and I am lucky that way, as training is all day long and consistent. I take my hat off to all of you training and working at the same time. I can't imagine the energy you must have to do that. I'm exhausted as it is. Anyway, just thought I would update on the progress and all and all we are thrilled with how it is going and feel like we have a nice little routine going. Will post a progress report in another couple of weeks. Hope some of the info is helpful to anyone starting out.