Had an update come in for Laika a week ago from Amanda. Laika is from Ernest and Blottie's litter of ten again
We've had Laika for over a month now (and can hardly imagine life without her!), so I thought I'd send you an update. She's fitted in so well and has burrowed her way into everybody's hearts. She absolutely loves meeting people. We don't have social visitors to the house because of lockdown, but she's met our neighbours outside, the postman, delivery men, and the emergency plumber who fixed our boiler last week. She's made friends with them all!
She is 90% clean with wees during the day (uses puppy pads at night), and often asks to go out. Poos are still a work in progress, but I think she'll get into more of a routine with that once she's having proper walks, which is only nine days away now.
She's eating reasonably well, and weighs 3.6kg now. She loves her treats, and has learnt sit, stay, wee-wee and "where's the sausage?" (when we have hidden a sprat for her to find).
Like Cadpig in 101 Dalmatians, Laika is fascinated by the TV! She actually stares at it, with her head tilted slightly, and gives every impression of trying to process what she sees. Recently, we were all watching the movie "Life of Pi". When Pi landed on the floating island and we could hear the chatter of the meerkats and then see thousands of them, Laika stood between us and the TV and barked at the meerkats!
I hope you're all well and that Rosie and Ernest have been enjoying each other's company.
Amanda and family"
lovely to hear how well things are going with Leika. Thanks for the photos and video.
Just be careful with the barking at the telly and that it does not become a regular behaviour. If you look on the internet there is lots of information about nipping behaviours in the bud, such as barking at the telly, which can escalate to barking at the phone ringing or doorbell ringing. Just be aware not to reward barking behaviour, as sometimes we can do this without realising and then barking can become problematic.
Thanks again for the update. She is a very beautiful little girl, not that I'm biased.
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