After puppy-proofing the apartment last week, Kevin and I were ready to take the plunge and become puppy parents!
Last Saturday we picked up our sweet little puppy. Introducing the newest addition to our family: Penny!
Penny is a sweetheart! She’s a great mix of playfulness and cuddliness. And doesn’t she have the cutest face?
Of course, having a puppy means lots of training and house-breaking. So far potty-training her has been very successful. Penny is learning quickly. She has had one accident in the house, but besides that she has gone out in the yard.
I’d say we have been so successful with potty-training [thus far] because we’ve learned from observing Kevin’s parents as they were house-breaking puppies. They’ve had many years of house-breaking experience, and they’ve been a great example for us.
Potty training a dog takes constant attention, noticing their behaviors, taking them out after each activity (like playing and sleeping), and just basically taking them outside constantly!
Penny is even starting to go near the door when she has to go to the bathroom. Part of the success may also be due to the fact that border collies are known to be quick learners.
Crate training has been a little bit harder. We put her to sleep in her crate at night and then we close our bedroom door. The very first night when she started crying, it broke my heart!
First she’ll cry herself to sleep. Then every 2-3 hours she will cry and whine, telling us she needs to go to the bathroom. After we take her out and put her back to bed she’ll cry for about 10-15 minutes.
As you can imagine, these past few nights have not warranted much good sleep. I definitely have a new appreciation for people with babies! I don’t know how new moms do it!
But besides being somewhat exhausted, being a puppy parent is such a joy! We love our sweet Penny. I’m so excited for this new chapter in our lives!