Hubby and I were home with him Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Today we're back to work. I'm going home at around 11:30 a.m. for lunch to see the baby. I'm sure he's fine, but it broke my heart to leave him, but I have to work. I was tempted to call in sick today, but it would have just made it harder to leave and I didn't want to prolong getting into our routine. I'm trying to stay relaxed do he doesn't sense that I'm sad when I leave him. He'll be fine right? I know he will, but I guess I just need some reassurance.
First, what a cutie ! !:) If my memory is correct he is a mix right ? I have a mix Bichon/Westie, he is 1-1/2 yrs. old and I can remember how hard it was (and still is) to leave him as I go off to work. I come home everyday at lunch time to see him. My husband and boys are in and out all day long so Cody has someone here most of the time with him but I have to admit, he is my dog so I know even though people are here it's not me and he is sad. When I come in he is by my side and doesn't leave until it is time to go to bed. you can rest, Mason will be all right when you leave, do you leave him in his crate? Cody was crate trained and he loves it, he goes into on his own to just look around and make sure everything is where he left it or just for a quick snooze when he gets tired of following me around the house. Dogs are soooo much fun and responsiblilty but sooo worth it! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Well, yesterday went much better than I thought. I think it was harder on me than him. We have an x-pen set up in our dining room, and in it is his water bowl, crate (w/ door open) and his wee wee pads. When I went home for lunch he was sitting quietly in his crate until he saw me, of course. Mason was all worked up though in the evning. He was bouncing off the walls and talking back a little. Once he got that out of his system, he was back to his normal self.
We ultimately want him to go potty outside, but the vet said to keep letting him use his wee wee pads until he is 16 weeks old and fully vaccinated.
I do have a question for the puppy pros though. None of the four books that I've bought has any answers to this. When he is in his pen he uses he pads perfectly. However, when we are playing in the living room and he has to go potty he will just pee right there. We have had a few accidents. Yes, when I see him start sniffing around I clap my hands to distract him, but then he forgets that he has to go when I take him to his pads. However, my question is how can I teach him that when he has to go potty to go to his pen and go on his pads? Am I expecting too much from him?
He is a 10 wk old Maltese/Poodle mix. His namesake is going to the Final Four!!!