Learning Boundaries

Every time a new puppy heads home to their new “forever home“, they start learning boundaries.  They start off with small boundaries, like staying in the kitchen where “clean ups” are easier (on us) as puppies don’t care who has to clean up after them (lol), then slowly, they earn a little bit bigger boundary.  They are learning, but we are the ones who teach them the boundaries.

This week, Bella earned a little bit bigger boundary and we took down our baby gates and barricades we erected in the kitchen, and allowed her to enter the living room.  So far, she has done very well in her new boundary and has had no accidents (yet).  When the baby gate was taken away, she hesitantly entered the doorway to the living room, unsure if she should go any further, and since no one was correcting her to “not” enter, she walked in a little further.  She was probably thinking “Wow, what is this room?”  It was funny watching her as she walked around and sniffed everything in the room, as this was all new to her – new smells, new things, and a new experience.  The TV was on, and she actually sat down in front of it and sat there awhile and watched.  It was so adorable that I had to grab my camera and snap a picture of that.

It has been a few days since Bella’s introduction to another room, and she has been such an angel.  I placed a little blankie next to the couch where she has designated “her spot” and runs to it every time she enters the room and lays down with her toys.  Other than our bed, Nikita is only allowed on one of our couches which we have covered up with a comforter, and when Nikita jumps up on the couch, Bella watches her.  She has not yet tried to jump up on the couch, but we are sure that will happen one day.  She will need to learn another boundary as far as furniture goes, that this will be the only couch she will be allowed on.

When Nikita was a puppy, she was another angel and still is.  We always thought that we adopted the best dog in the whole world and were so lucky to find her.  She has the cutest mannerisms and has some of the funniest things that she does with her toys when she wants us to play with her.  Now, we are blessed with yet another puppy who is becoming one beautiful dog, learning tricks and boundaries along the way.  We could not be happier!

Thank you Daddy & Mommy for teaching me boundaries, and giving me lots of love & a forever home!

When the Puppy Gate is not High Enough

Need a new gate!

Hey Everyone….right after my post yesterday, I had another “first” to add to my list.   I actually got over the puppy gate by the back door!  Mommy was busy trying to get a UPS package out for their super awesome customer, Karen from PA (Hi to Karen & her dog Harmony – Woof Woof!) and when Mommy was busy handing the big box to the UPS driver who never smiles, I was busy jumping up and down behind the puppy gate, when I must have jumped high enough to get my belly up and on top of the gate and I slid right over the top to the landing.  Mommy grabbed me real quick before I could get out the back door and the UPS driver was standing there laughing (now that’s a first for him).  I still can’t believe how I could get over this gate as it is 27″ high, but somehow if you jump high enough, you can!  Cool, eh? 

Take Out Anyone?

Lick, Lick, Lick

I also got caught drinking water from the sink in the bathroom yesterday too!  Man, did I have a busy day getting into things.  Then, when Daddy got home from work, I was on “turbo speed” and was running all over the house with my squeaky toys and I even got to play with a take out container that did not last long, as I chewed it up real quick.  (Mommy had to take it away from me because I was pulling plastic pieces off it – Rats!)  Then, I finally was pooped and had to take a nap before bed time.  Peace and quiet at last!  Even though I was napping, I still had my radar ears on duty, and was eagerly awaiting Daddy to say…”Time for Bed”.