Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lucy is . . . Improving!!!

I hesitate to say this - but I think Lucy is improving. She's not awesome or anything, but she's doing better in at least a few categories.

  • She's getting her grown up teeth, so when she bites me, it doesn't hurt as much.  And she isn't biting as much.  She hasn't drawn blood for a week or so.
  • She hasn't pooped in the house for quite a while, but peeing - well, that's another story.  She pees in the house probably once a day, sometimes more.  And since she's bigger, it's a LOT of pee!!!  I'm using quite a few paper towels.
  • She's becoming aware of the outside world.  Yesterday the mail man came by (our mail box is on our house) and she barked!  It was the first time she ever did that.  I was SO proud!!!
  • She's learning.  She knows how to sit, lay down, shake, wait and roll over.  
But . . . she's still determined to eat anything and everything in her path.  To make life easier for me, I've been keeping her contained more. She rotates between the fenced back yard, the kennel, and the dining room table.  If I'm not playing with her, she's leashed to the dining room table.  I have a basket of toys for her to play with and she's able to see what I'm doing most of the time.  I also leash her to the table when the kids are here so she can be a part of things but not cause trouble. 
In the evenings, when we're trying to relax and watch tv, I leash her to me!  We used to leave her loose but she kept going in the kitchen and stealing dishes out of the dish drainer.  So now I hook the leash around my ankle, give her some toys, and then don't have to worry about where she is or what she's doing.  She messes around a little with her toys and then settles down for a rest on the floor at my feet.

My six-year-old granddaughter, Ivy, has been "training" her, too.  I have a bag of training snacks on the counter and Ivy gets a few and works with Lucy.  It's really cute to watch and Lucy actually cooperates.

For some reason Lucy doesn't like going outside - at least at first.  So when we're trying to get her out to potty, she goes limp.  We have to pick her up and roll her out.  Once she's out she's fine but she doesn't want to go initially.  I have no idea what that's about.
She was looking up to see if anything was up there worth snatching.
Tonight is our second puppy training class.  Truthfully - I'm dreading it.  It's not that the class is bad, it's just that it's a lot of work!  I didn't realize how hard it would be to train a puppy for an hour.  When I get home, I'm so worn out that I feel like going to bed.  But I'll go because I like the changes I'm seeing in Lucy since we started.
Resting at my feet. I don't see her do this often.
So, off to week two of puppy school.


  1. She is a beautiful pup, and I can see the mischief in her eyes! It sounds like you are doing good work with her, and I'll bet you'll be rewarded with her good behavior more and more. Does she whine when she is tethered to the dining room table? If I try that with our pup, he cries like his world has ended. :(

    1. Sometimes she barks when she's tethered but she usually settles down and plays with her toys. I move the toy basket where she has access to it. I also mess with her every time I pass. Most of the time she does ok. But she does move the table! She's extremely strong. I may not be able to do it much longer.