Well, not quite a week yet, but only about 15 hours shy of it.
She has settled in SO WELL! It's been such a learning experience, and while it's frustrating at times, it's also rewarding when she snuggles up against me like a liquid dog.
Liquid dog:House Training
I've never had a proper young puppy before, as my dog growing up was a rescue at about 10 months when we got her, so I've been having quite a time getting used to her elimination schedule, and she's been pretty good about not going in the house. No wees in the house today, or monday or tuesday, but saturday, sunday, and wednesday she did, so I don't think she's actually realised she needs to tell me when she needs to go out yet.
Anyone want to offer their experience with this, and how long it took before your doodle let you know when they needed to go out?The Crate
She has slowly been getting used to it, though she still won't let me leave the room when she's in it. She's such a light sleeper!! She ALWAYS wakes up, and within about 20 seconds she's whimpering, and then outright barking like mad. Kong, treats, nylabone.. nothing keeps her occupied and happy unless someone is in the room! Well, there goes leaving her in there when I have things I need to get done around the house! I tried doing the whole "ignore her and she'll stop" thing, but guess who just doesn't seem to tire of barking! *sigh*
Over night she's been successively better! So much so that last night I didn't even have to sit with her while she settled- I just plopped her down into her crate, but my stink old shoe in there along with a couple toys, and shut the crate door and got into bed. And she slept from 11 until 6am!! Though when I tried to put her back in the crate at 6 she flat out refused! Since we'd just taken her out, though, we caved and let her sleep at the foot of the bed while we snoozed for another hour.
Who could say no to this face?
You might notice her favourite pastime in this photo. She really enjoys destroying cardboard boxes:http://youtu.be/x8_0lfwrcxo
Anyways, she's lovely, and although I've been having very brief moments of "oh my god, this is so much work, what did I get myself into??" I wouldn't give her up for the world. I do with my fiance would help out a bit more. I'm worried Wispa will become a one-person dog at this rate! We're taking her to her first party on Sunday, though, so I'm hoping she'll get plenty of socialisation with all different kinds of people!
Here are a couple more photos for the fun of it: