So, my little puppy is GO GO GO GO GO all the time. This energiser puppy doesn’t stop. Even if he’s super tired, he doesn’t stop.
But, I realised that if I put him in his crate, he’s actually settling down and going to sleep really really nicely. Sometimes has a little whine but then crashes out.
I’ve been putting him in the ensuite during the day, but yesterday he cried about that a lot… So I decided I’d try something a bit new. We’d done all our morning stuff- gone for a little bush walk, done some training, watched the big dogs run around from within a fabric bag, run around with the Big Dogs in the yard…
I brought him in, and put him in his crate inside the bathroom. My plan was to get my breakfast and sit down and eat sitting next to him, but by the time I got my breakfast and came back in he was happily and quietly sucking tiredly on his toy. So I went about my business getting ready for work, and when I was ready to go, I very quietly started opening the crate door. He woke up and sat up, so I froze with the door closed… Heaving a sigh, he lay back down. I opened the door and crept out.
Having forgotten my necklace, I went back, and peeked my head in. This is what I saw:
It’s so hard to remember that he IS tired. He could literally go for hours without a break, until I actually make him stop by crating him- then he absolutely crashes. I think I remember Lu being similar, but he’s even more… intense? about it. I guess that’ll come in handy!! But my plan worked! Crate time = off-switch, then he was settled and sleepy by the time I left him in there.
So my most immediate tasks with this little guy are:
toilet training (obviously)
not biting legs/shoes when people are walking (oh boy)
and not chasing cats (this one is terrifying. he’s already decided that cats are VERY VERY VERY exciting, and when they were wandering around outside his pen this morning he was screaming at them.)