seriously… i don't get him. i mean, i was giving him one last chance to pee before placing him in his pen and all he wanted to do was eat grass.
this is the part of puppy training that just boggles my mind. doesn't he realize that pee-ing then would mean hours of relief from holding it until lunch time?
i was already running late so i looked at him and said, "well, hobbes… last chance. no? no pee? alright then. into the pen. good luck holding it in."
of course, all he did was look at me, cocking his head to one side , wondering why i keep on calling him 'hobbes.'
having said that, i'm starting to see a pattern as we set a schedule for him. this is the 3rd night where he held out in his crate for several hours. like the first night, after 30 minutes of whining/barking in his crate, of which we are getting better at ignoring, he settled down and didn't bark to be let out until seven hours later.
doug also took him and chaeli to the park across from us and ran him around like mad. that made him pooped pretty much for the entire night. so you know i'll be doing that with him every day. it makes cuddling time that much sweeter.
aside from his diarrhea incident in the morning, he had no accidents in the house yesterday. and it appears that he's already showing signs of not needing to go for a pee as often as the first day. i wonder if it was more nervous-pee that had him going out every 15-20 minutes over the weekend?
now… how am i doing?
oye – it's a toss up. i swap from adoring him and loving that we have such a good puppy (because to be honest, we're lucky – while he's still got some ways to go, he seems to pick things up fast, as well) to 'oh my god what was i thinking?'
i think the hardest thing for me is changing my schedule. i have no qualms about giving up my lunch workouts because i knew that would happen at least for the next three months (when his bladder will hold out for a full workday).
it's my morning workouts. i have now missed two mornings in a row and it's killing me. doug encouraged me to try but i was just to tired both mornings and somewhat 'on edge' with the change of my entire morning schedule.
but, i have outlined a new workout just for the mornings. it won't be amazing but should be enough to maintain my fitness level so that i don't lose all the benefits from my hard work. so for the rest of the week, i'll make sure to squeeze in 3 to 4 workouts and next week, i'll try my best to get 5 workouts in. the week after that is our vacation. when we start the school year, i'll be aiming at 6 workout days a week again. hopefully, i'll continue down that path.
the upside is that i can play around with a new schedule – one that will be a nice chance from what i've been doing – just to mix things up a bit.
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