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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.)

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ruralrob
May. 2nd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
This all sounds good stuff.