Oh the learning curve!!
We'd read all the books and articles we thought we needed to- we bought all of our supplies, but nothing prepared us for really being new puppy parents.
Thank goodness Mina is all kinds of adorable and a real lovey.... because having a puppy is some serious work and can cause a bit of frustration, but we are getting better each day. Luckily she sleeps well at night (unless she has the runs and I am up every hour- YAWN!) and she likes to take long naps a few times a day (which I've tried to take full advantage of).
The first week has been filled with many puddles, lots of TV for the kids and simple meals.
Crate training is okay, if you mean that she likes her crate. She does. She even likes to poop there. Awesome. So we are trying to re-train that.
She is really smart though, we had our first puppy class at Bravo!Pup. Mina is the youngest (and cutest) in the class. She already has "sit", "sit/stay", "Mina!" and "down" all down. She's a sucker for boiled chicken breast as treats!
The picture is kind of funny, none of these willing participants look to be enjoying themselves, but they did.
Today she had her first bath at home. Maren was a fantastic helper and fed her chicken the entire time to train her that baths are fun!
It was lots of fun to watch her zoom all around after she got dried and brushed. She was a crazy ball of puppy energy!
We have left her for a bit at home alone, the first time she some how escaped her crate. Today, she escaped her puppy play pen and was roaming free and greeted us excitedly at the door. Thank goodness we only found one puddle in and "acceptable" spot and no chewing up of any human items!
She's getting pretty good at "going potty" on command when we take her out. We hope this continues! It seems that each day brings a new adventure and a new learning experience!