Oh, my gracious...it's still early in the morning, and I feel like a zombie. Now that both dogs have settled down and the puppy is taking a nap, I would love to catch a few moments of sleep (you sleep when the baby sleeps, right?), but this is prime writing time right here, so that's going to be my strategy for working on the novel for the next few weeks...a few moments here, a few moments there. Eventually, it'll get done.
That being said, though, the new puppy is still doing very well. He plays with Winter and always lets us know when he needs to go out. He's curious and not fearful of exploring. He seems to know his name now, too, so that is helpful when teaching him new things.
It's interesting how unique each puppy is, though, when you welcome them into your home. Winter was very independent when she was young (and still is) and will just lay on the couch when I go to the gym or if my husband and I go to the store. She'll happily trot off when we have to board her at the vet's office and isn't fazed in the least when she stays there.
But this new one....oh, my heavens, he is the biggest little cuddle bug, but has separation anxiety and a half when you leave the room or even if he isn't close enough to you. He has quickly become a Momma's boy (much to my husband's dismay--but Winter is a Daddy's girl, so we'll just each have a dog that favors one of us over the other), and when the new puppy is upset, he will let you know it! I have never heard such commotion out of a little puppy!
So one of the main goals for the next few weeks is not only socialization with other people in different places, but working on being okay with being by himself for very short periods of time. He's still very young, so we are taking it very slowly, and I am reading all I can about making the transition easier for him. Just a little at a time, not making a big deal of leaving, rewards when he quiets down, a comfortable and familiar space when he is alone, and noise in the background to make it seem not so lonely.
I have a little less than a month and a half before I start teaching again, so I hope to work up to him being comfortable about me leaving the house for short stretches of time before then. We can hope! Meanwhile, though, if any of you have tips, I'd love to hear them :)
Lots to do today! Training, puppy socialization, and some snippets of writing somewhere in between, so I had better get started.