Bringing Home Puppy

Yet another corner! But a real one this time!
May 21, 2009, 11:34 am
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Good news everyone!  Today was the first time that Tim Tam actually made motions to be let outside.  This morning he went to the back patio door and jumped up and down.  I let him out and he immediately went pee on his pad!  How great is that?!?!

I think he’s starting to get it!



Potty Training
May 20, 2009, 3:51 pm
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So we have been working on Tim Tam’s housetraining.  It is going quite well.  He has accidents in the house very infrequently…like maybe only 2 times per week.  So I think that is a great success for only 10 weeks old.  Housebreaking in an apartment does present some challenges when compared to housebreaking in a house.  In a house you can just open the door and send them outside.  If they start to go inside, its easy to just put them outside to complete their business.  In an apartment, if you see them going, you have to pick them up, get shoes on, unlock doors, head down the hall, down the stairs, and out another 2 doors.  At that point, the lesson is lost on the dog.

What we have started to do is put a training pad out on our balcony, for emergencies, and for early morning and late at night pees.  I did not want to do this at first, because I want him to learn to go ONLY outside, but this seems to be a good stop gap measure until he is old enough to figure things out. Anyway, it seems to be working quite well, and yesterday he made his first bathroom break unprompted by Mike or myself.  So thats pretty cool!

He is also getting more comfortable going outside in places other than his “spot”.  So that is great!  I feel like we’re getting there! 

…and Im sure this posting can be categorized under “TMI”!  If any of you have tips or tricks, we’d love to hear about them!

The Long Weekend Adventure
May 15, 2009, 7:43 am
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So this weekend Tim Tam and I are heading to Chatham.  We’re leaving Mikey behind to study CFA and hitting the open road.  I’m picking up the rental car…loading it with crate, food, treats, toys, gates, my own crap…and of course, a dog.  I called ahead to make sure my parents were okay with a not-yet-housetrained dog coming for a visit…and of course, they were delighted.   “Besides”, my mom added, “I’d rather have him come before I get my new furniture”.  Well…fair enough!  

I’m curious how he’ll handle the car ride, and I’m even more curious to see how he will enjoy “country” life…no streetcars, homeless people, or any other manner of scary things.  I think its going to be fun!

Stay At Home Daddy
April 30, 2009, 7:39 pm
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It was nice to get back to work today…I was ready for a break from being a house mom.  I don’t know how “real” stay at home mom’s do it!  Its freaking exahusting!  As Mike said, “How is it fair that when I have to work, he cries all night, and when YOU have to work he’s totally cool!?”  Meh.  Beginners luck maybe…we’ll see how tonight goes!

It was funny to be at work though and realize you miss your little guy already!  

Mike is off for the rest of the week to do his own bonding with Timmy, and today went rather well.  Unfortunately this teeny little dog is cold at the best of times, and in the rain he is completely miserable – which means getting him to do his business outdoors is pretty damn hard!

So, instead he’ll just pee and poo in the house!  Simple solution, no?

Anyway, it was so great to come home to not one, but TWO sweet and smiley boys at the end of the day!