So Marshall has had two days so far of our workday routine. This is how his days go…
6am Wakeup with Daddy.. go outside
6:15am Play with Daddy while he gets ready
6:30am Mommy gets up and plays with Marsh
6:50am Breakfast time!
7:00am Walk Daddy to the el train
7:15am Play with Mommy while she gets ready
7:30am Go in my crate while Mommy finishes getting ready… then sneaks out the back door
11:30am Tom his walker comes and they have lunch/walk/playtime
12pm Back in the crate with a peanut butter filled Kong
5pm Mommy comes home! Walk and playtime
6pm Daddy comes home!
So he’s done pretty well. I think him being alone during the day is harder on Mommy than it is on Marshall! I spent Tuesday texting Adam freaking out worried Marshall was in his crate barking all day and traumatized. Then I totally freaked out when I realized we forgot to let Tom know that Marshall can only come up the stairs and not go down them. I pretty much had a panic attack and poor Adam had to text Tom and calm me down. So I had my first Mommy panic moment. To those of you shaking your head…. he’s our baby! I’ve never had a dog where we had a dog walker and lived in the city… Adam and I come from Maine where we have a yard or lots of land for the dog to roam around and friends/family to let them out or check on them. This whole raising a puppy in the city on our own is new…. and we want to do it right and have a loving, obedient and not spastic dog.
Anyway, so far so good. And the best news of all comes in two amazing announcements….
*knockonwood* Since Marshall came home, he has NEVER had an accident in his crate!
Last night we ALL slept through the night without a pee break, YES!
Now for the things we’re working on right now… #1 would be BITING. Puppy Marshall loves using his mouth. He bites anything, everything and us constantly when he’s playing. We’ve read a lot about letting out a loud OUCH or yelp, well that makes him go crazy so hasn’t worked. We’ve ignored him, that is pointless. We’ve said NO BITE and replaced us with one of his toys… also less effective since he spits out the toy and goes back to mouthing us. So we’re still working on the best solution. Also he’s eating anything wood in the apartment… the bitter spray was a waste of money so all we have been able to do is say NO BITE and give him his toy to bite, also not that effective. So we’ll continue looking for tips on that. #2 would be jumping. We love to jump, especially on the gate, couch, Mom and Dad and anything else. He’s getting better with DOWN since we don’t give him attention when he jumps.
Finally, we’re trying to find a puppy kindergarten class to enroll him in so he can socialize. His next vet appointment is the 29th so we won’t have his 2nd shots for a while but he needs to socialize and right now we’re afraid to let him near all the neighborhood dogs for fear they’re not vaccinated or carrying an illness. So HOPEFULLY we can find a class soon… so far they’re all on Tues or Thurs and that’s when I have class. So wish us luck! But in the mean time, he’s a happy, silly, fluffy puppy who loves his Mommy and Daddy…. and they love him too!
P.S. No one can say my floors aren’t clean… I scrub them on my hands and knees daily after SOMEONE has an accident. Thank you Arm & Hammer puppy solution!