Puppy’s First Year – Month 10
Documenting my puppy Edna’s first year of life.
How is my puppy 10 months old already, that’s just crazy! Does that mean in 2 months when Edna turns one I can no longer call her “my puppy”? That makes me a little sad – I think Edna will always will be referred to as my “puppy” since she is the “baby” of our pet family.
What Challenges Have I Faced – Still Face With My Puppy?
Physical Changes: Physically, Edna is growing up and becoming more mature looking. She is smaller in stature compared to my pug Edie, but don’t let her small size fool you, she is a physical powerhouse!
Daily Routine: Edna has become accustomed to her daily routine of walks, playing in the garden, meal times, potty times, and how going in her crate is not to be feared, but a time to chill out and relax.
Dog Walks and Leash Pulling: Although Edna absolutely loves going on walks, she still challenges me. The excitement of going on a walk can be overwhelming for her and she still pulls on her leash. So dog walks are a work in progress as we learned in our previous post “learning to walk on a loose leash“
Meeting People and Self Control: Edna LOVES people and this can be a challenge for her when it comes to self control. She becomes super excited and can be vocal about it, embarrassing herself and me 😉 but we are working on greeting people with “manners”.
Car rides: Edna is and always has been a joy to take in the car, although she still sits backwards in her carseat LOL!
Pros and Cons
Fearless! Being a fearless puppy, in my opinion, is a combination of positive and negative. When your puppy thinks she is Super Pup and can leap from tall buildings in a single bound that’s a negative! Ok, maybe not leap from tall buildings but you get the idea. Edna has made my heart skip a few extra beats since joining our family. The positive side of being a fearless dog/puppy is she does not back away from much due to fear, she is very inquisitive.
Stubborn and Challenging! It’s said that pugs in general can have a stubborn streak, but Edna combines stubbornness and challenging to a whole new level at times. I’m sure she’s testing her boundaries. An example of this would be how many times in a day I have to tell her to “leave and/or drop it”. The thing is, Edna knows what “drop it” means. How do I know this? Because she will drop whatever forbidden object from her mouth when I tell her to so, but only when I get up close and personal. I guess she’s seeing if I will actually follow through on my demand for her to drop the forbidden object.
Puppy Quirks: All dogs have their own little quirks and personalities and Edna is no different 😉 What are some of the quirky things my puppy Edna does?
Potty Quirks: Some dogs go to the door indicating they need to go out and relive themselves, not Edna. Edna’s potty queue is to run to a particular corner in the house. I’m not sure why or the reasoning behind this, I’m just grateful she doesn’t pee in the house anymore! However, the one potty issue that frustrates me most is that Edna becomes so busy playing and investigating when outdoors she “forgets” to potty. So now, before we go back inside, I put Edna’s leash on to get her attention and give her the command to “go pee”.
Toy and Blanket Suckle: My puppy is a chewer. She likes nothing better than having a good chew on a toy or rubberized bone such as a Kong. But then there is the issue of blanket corners, pillows, and tags on toys. Edna will dig at a blanket just to find the corner so she can suckle on it, same goes for tags on dog toys. I think this gives Edna a sense of security and relaxes her. But now when I purchasing dog toys, I have make sure there are no loose tags or parts my puppy can chew off and/or digest.
Stairs: Edna has been going up and down stairs on her own for several months – however – it all depends where the stairs are! Edna has no issue going up and down the stairs to our deck outside. BUT, the stairs inside the house are a different story. Edna will only go UP the stairs, not down. I’m really not sure her reasoning for this? So for now, my puppy gets carried down the stairs inside the house. I will say this does have some advantages – she can’t sneak away and get into (more) trouble without me knowing 😉