Wow, what a week! We're exhausted!! How can one little puppy cause such chaos? Actually..... she's been very, very good.
She's only made any noise at all on two nights. The first was when our neighbour went out at night and left their dog outside. It yelped without a break for the entire time they were out. Klara didn't like that at all and she yelled herself a bit when we put her to bed. One other night she cried for about 5 or 10 minutes and that was it. Since then she goes to bed in the laundry without a peep and we hear nothing all night.
After the first day or two we came to the conclusion that it would be better to have her compound at the back of the house on the paving rather than at the side of the house on the grass. She didn't like being unable to see the back door and she wouldn't go in the kennel there. Mick moved the run, put a kennel in it and before he even had it sorted properly she had gone in the kennel and was asleep. She loves it! The new area for her run encloses an old aviary that has a dirt floor. Mick removed the wire from one wall so it gives her somewhere to play in the grass that's been growing there and we hoped she might use it for her toilet. After the first couple of days of practice with closing her in her run she now happily goes in there without a peep. She even goes in there to play by herself during the day and it's fine if we leave the house. What a relief to know she doesn't mind being left home when we are out. It's important to us that our dog doesn't suffer separation anxiety.
She has tested our patience in the evenings, turning into turbo puppy. She runs around like an absolute lunatic, nipping and jumping and grabbing everything in her reach. She tosses her toys in all directions and skids about the room and slides beneath the sofa to scratch at the fabric underneath it. Now we're putting her to bed earlier as we suspect some of the craziness may be to keep herself awake when she is getting tired. We'll see what happens.
Here's some photos of her first week exploring her new home. Yes..... she likes sticks.
What a poppet! Do be careful with sticks though - our Meg likes them too and cut her mouth today - a neighbour's dog got one stuck and needed a general anaesthetic and overnight stay at the vet's to recover
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