Little Miss Aggie is 10 weeks old today!
Housebreaking proceeds as expected. Aggie understands that on a regular basis we take her outside to do her business, but she’s not really sure she wants to do that all the time, as, in case we hadn’t noticed, she is very small and it’s extremely cold outside. She threw a little huff this morning when I took her out because I insisted we stay outdoors until she had done all her business, and it was frigid. She felt it was very mean of me to make her poop outdoors in the frost and cold when she could be pooping comfortably on the nice warm floor inside.
I mean, I get it. I wouldn’t want to stick my ass out in the freezing cold to do my business either, but since she can’t work the flush handle on the toilet, this is just the way it’s going to have to be.
She’s got “sit” down pretty well, as long as there are treats or some sort of reward involved. She’s beginning to figure out what “lay down” means. I’m working on “drop it” and “look at me,” too, but she’s still pretty confused about those two. She’s got “no” down, but she doesn’t like it. She knows her name, but we’re still working on her answering to it. She’s starting to catch on that “potty” means we’re going outside.
She adores new people. Any new people. When we take her outdoors the first thing she does is scan for new people to bounce over to and meet. She’s still wary of new dogs, but she’s not scared of them, which is a step in the right direction.
She’s pretty chill with new experiences and objects. She’s not hugely fond of new loud noises, but we’re working on that.
She does not like being put away in her kennel when we leave. The couple of times we’ve kenneled her so we could go run errands she’s drooled all over her muzzle and paws, which I’m assuming means she’s dealing with some separation anxiety. Oddly enough, the couple of times we’ve left her alone but she escaped her kennel, she was fine. She didn’t even tear up the house or make messes. Hopefully this means we won’t have to crate her every time we leave like we had to do with Jazz, but for right now she’s too little to be left loose when we’re not home to supervise.
Aggie gets to go to her second puppy preschool class tonight. She loved the first one so this should be a fun outing for her. She’s not in love with car rides, but she does seem to like arriving at new places.
Overall, things are going well. She’s a sweet, happy, smart little pup and we’re having a great time with her.