Right now he's sleeping by my feet - thank goodness! It's taken me a week to try and work out how to wear out a puppy who can't be taken out for walks until he's had his last vaccination (which is tomorrow! I can't wait to be able to take him on walks.)
I've learnt a lot in the last week, about Astro's personality, how to bring him up, and that my bf and I sometimes disagree with how to train him! But overall, its been a joy to have a little puppy in our lives. :)
This is what I've learnt:
* Wee mats are great! They make it really easy and quick to clean up those accidents inside - there's been a lot of them.
* To quieten him down in the evenings, I've been feeding him early, and then getting him to chase a ball on the end of a rope. Its worked, because he is sleeping by my feet out cold! It means I he gets fed before us, but I prefer I tried dog, instead of a dog that's hyperactive when I'm trying to settle down at night!
* A sharp, firm sound like, Ah-aha, is a great alternative to 'no' when Astro is chewing something that he shouldn't be. The sound makes him stop, and he knows he's doing something he shouldn't be. I then just gotta come in with a distraction!
* Puppy school is a great way for Astro to socialise with other puppies. The little guy loved seeing other puppies. Which makes sense since he's come from a litter and is now stuck with me and my bf with no other contact with dogs.
*Cheap toys are great. Like 50 cents tennis balls. And I've got inside toys, outside toys and bed toys. If it sounds like I've got a lot of toys for him, well, bf told me that I don't. And he would be the first to let me know if there were too many toys!
* Astro loves meaty bones. I gave him one this morning and when I got home it was no where to be found. I couldn't work out where he'd buried it. But lucky, he'd hidden it behind the lattice - where I couldn't get at it (but I did with the help of a broom, and its now in the rubbish bin much to Astro's disappointment and dismay). But it kept him occupied while I was out.
Lastly, I've decided to throw out all the rules. Well not quite. I was certainly getting intangled in the do's and don'ts; the should's and shouldn'ts, which was taking away the fun of having a puppy! So I'm sticking to positive reinforcement, using Ah-Aha sound to let him know that behaviour is not on and things are working out alright. There's a long way to go, but he listens to sit, come, and can use his doggie door. Not too bad for the first week :)
Now we just got to get him toilet trained properly!