Every day we leave Nyx in her crate with the door shut at least once.
Always this is when she is utterly exhausted, and she goes in there with lots of toys (chew toys, ropes, stuffed toys, and at least one puzzle feeder).
She went in her crate twice today, the first time for about an hour, the second time about two hours.
The first time she whined for less than ten minutes, the second time she whined TWICE and then immediately settled down and slept until we opened the door 😀 😀 😀
Alongside that we are continuing to hide treats in her crate when she isn’t looking. Every time she goes in we throw her a treat or two (and especially when she goes and settles in there).
Today she has chosen to sleep in her crate numerous times, and the best thing ever happened – after we opened the door and let her out the crate and she said hello to us, she went in back in her crate by herself and slept in there for a further 40 minutes with the door open!! 🙂
I could not be happier with her crate training, and very much hope she keeps it up!!
For tomorrow we cancelled meeting up with my partner’s family (we don’t want to leave Nyx too long and have her resent the crate at all), but our friend is still coming over at some point to meet her. We’re both a little nervous about this!
We’ve had some fantastic active periods with Nyx today, but there have been huge periods of sleepy-pup times too.
Here are some pics of the little ‘un. I also have some pics of Kasper (and his nails) to share, and some of Seth our Crestie to show how he has grown too 🙂
She has really started to understand and enjoy tug of war, which is fantastic. I love tug for a lot of reasons…it’s a great way to practice ‘drop it’, it’s wonderful for working on bite inhibition, impulse control and how to calm yourself even when excited.
And let’s not forget Nyx *loves* the game now, and it’s fun to do something active and ‘fighty’ together 😛
She’s grown so much in a week haha! From this:
To this! 🙂
I loooove the little markings on her hair-free belly bit!
And one of my favourite things about puppies: how hilarious their dinky teeth look when they snarl XD