May 2nd, 2009

S&G 1

Night #1

Yesterday evening we tailored the kennel to fit Linus' needs. I think it was just too spacious for him (it'll fit him when he's grown up too) so I took some of the cushions I salvaged from our old couch and then cut down to floor-pillow size and set them vertically against the back wall so that the livable area is half as big as it was. He liked it much better then, and we had far fewer complaints when we stuck him in there.

We took him out around 10pm, and while Cory was with him I took the kennel upstairs and got it ready for bed. Cory tired him out really well, and he snored while we finished watching Fringe on hulu.com and for a little while afterward.

And then he started whimpering and flopping around in his crate, like he'd woken up and noticed nobody was around, which freaked him out. He did that a few times, and then I like to think his whining was a little more urgent, at around 1:30, and I took him out to pee (which he did right away, good boy).

I took him out again around 2:30, and then the next time he sounded like he needed to go out (after 3) Cory was awake so I asked him if he'd take over. He ended up lying next to the kennel with a pillow and blanket for awhile to keep Linus company, and then at 6:30 when my alarm went off they got up for the day.

Trout is still not on board but she's a little better. She slept on me for awhile in the night and has started to hiss at him when he gets too close. But she'll get used to him.

Overall, I think he's a very good boy and he's going to learn his commands in no time. He's not overly chewy or rowdy or jumpy, and even though he's had a few accidents I think he'll learn quickly that outside is where we go potty. (Well, we don't, but he will.)
S&G 1

Crating

Looks like our first big hurdle with Linus is going to be successfully crating him. He doesn't like his crate at all. He'll go in there sometimes to play with something but come straight back out. He likes sleeping everywhere but the crate, it appears. Everything we've read says that pups like their crate, it's a little sanctuary to them, but Linus is not that way; at least not yet. Earlier today I shut him in and he cried and tried to get out, even with me sitting calmly next to him. (Maybe he wanted to play?) So later we took him out on a good walk and played at the park with him, and tired him out, and he crashed on the kitchen floor. I scooped him up and put him in his crate and he got back out and crashed on the kitchen floor again. So I scooped him up and put him back in the crate and shut him in, and then one of us sat near the kennel where we were unseen while the other watched; and when he'd cry we'd shake a vitamin bottle at him. We even threw the bottle at the wall of the crate once or twice. He got the idea pretty quickly, that the universe doesn't want him to cry. I think if we make sure we kennel him more and more during the day like we read about (like an hour at a time, between going out to play/potty) and keep the unseen rattling going, he'll adjust pretty well.

The true test will be next weekend, when we're due at Mom's, and he'll need to be in his crate quite a lot. (And when we have to drive 3 hours with a puppy in the car!)