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just a pupdate...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I think I'm overdue for a puppy update! Klaus came home 26 days ago and since then things have slowly but surely fallen into a routine. The first week was scary, for sure. Even though I've only had my license for a short time I'd already become accustomed to being able to leave the house whenever I wanted for as long as I wanted. But having a puppy threw a wrench in that. I was back to being stuck at home since I wasn't quite ready to take him anywhere (plus I'm pretty sure you can't take dogs to Ikea or any of the silly museums I was planning on visiting. Haha!) After our second week together things got a lot easier. He's finally on pretty consistent sleep, eat, potty, play schedule so I'm able to sneak out for longer periods of time without worrying which is great for both of us since I'm a lot less crazy when I haven't been stuck at home for a few days straight. Hah! 
I'm not sure if you can tell much he's grown from these pictures but I certainly can tell, especially when he's near the cats. He used to be smaller than them but he's very quickly getting taller and taller. I can also see some changes in his face as well. He looks a little bit less like a baby pup everyday which makes me equal parts sad and happy. His ears are perkier than when I first got him. They used to go up only occasionally but now they almost always look like they do in these pictures. I hope they stay like this forever, it makes him look so inquisitive. He's getting heavier and heavier everyday too. I can't wait to see how much weight he's gained at his next vet appointment. He was a mere seven pounds at his first appointment! He's not quite as easy to pick up anymore.
There haven't been any huge breakthroughs on the puppy/kitty relations front. Although there definitely have been some improvements. Squid now comes out of hiding while Klaus is playing and none of the boys have any issues with coming to get pet while Klaus is playing beside me. Doctor Octopus is still swatting and hissing at him only after Klaus does his little play bow thing that puppies do instead of immediately when he sees him. I can't wait to see how they're doing together in another month.
Potty training is going very well, like I mentioned above we're on a pretty consistent schedule. He hasn't had any accidents in his crate at all. He's even very polite about pooping. My mom and I took my nephew to the playground last week. We were sitting in the grass playing with Klaus when I noticed he wasn't so interested in playing anymore. I got up and took him on a very brief walk where he immediately squatted down. He didn't want to poop by us because he knew that's where we were playing. Maybe that's not that special, maybe I think puppies are more rude than they really are but I thought that was pretty awesome of him.

He's starting to get the hang on "come" but can still be quite easily distracted. He still awesome at walking on a leash but sometimes is a bit of a tugger.  He's basically a pro at "leave it" and I'm happy to say he's fiiiiinally starting to like treats! I picked up this book about training a puppy because, like I've said before, I'm clueless about dogs. I mean I understand basically how to do things but raising my perfect companion is scary and it makes me feel a lot better to have some sort of reference. The internet just seemed like too overwhelming of a place to look for puppy info. There are so many different ways to raise a dog and so many varied opinions! But I think Klaus and I are doing pretty dang well together so far.
How stinken' cute does he look in the bow tie?! It's actually from the kitty department and isn't a real collar so he can't wear it all the time. When he finally stops growing like a weed I'd like to get him a real bow tie collar because he really does wear it well.
xoxo

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  1. Oh my word, that is the cutest thing I have seen all darn day, he is incredible! :)
    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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  2. Look at his little bow tie! What a cutie! I'm glad you and Klaus are getting into a routine!

    xo Becky
    Seductive Mania

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  3. That is just too much cute! I want a dog just so he can wear a bowtie.xx

    Allie // callmesassafras.com

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  4. Not much better in life than baby puppies (and bunnies... and kittens)!

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  5. Dog Bow Ties are the greatest inventions, this stores makes the best ones with matching leads too! http://www.etsy.com/shop/SillyBuddy


    Klaus ears are the greatest thing i have ever seen.

    chloe
    www.bythelock.com

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  6. He is a little cutie. The cats will come around, it will just take time.

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  7. He is so adorable, I love that little bow tie,
    Glad to here things are going well with him, he seems like an absolute sweetie

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  8. he's very cute, and i'm glad things are going well! xx

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  9. Glad to see things are going well with the new fella in the house! Isn't it always so great when a pup potty-trains easily? Ahhh.

    By the way, those ears are amazing!!! So cute! And of course the bow tie is adorable!

    http://cuddlyasacactus.wordpress.com/

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  10. Klaus in the bow tie is one of the cutest things ever! I know what you mean about the internet being over whelming for pet info. When I unexpectedly got kittens, I read Cats for Dummies and Kittens for Dummies.

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  11. It sounds like he's settling in really well! That bow tie is the cutest thing ever!

    Becky
    xx

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  12. Ahhhh I can't handle how cute he is in that bow tie!! Glad things are starting to be a little more consistent and manageable. :)

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  13. He is adorable. Oh my gosh his ears. And that bow tie, forget it!!
    As weird as it may sound, I can appreciate that poop story. (haha) When I first took Captain camping, I was so surprised that he never tried to pee or poo in our camp site. He always 'told' us when he wanted to go and we'd walk him a littles away from the tents and then he'd go. So proud. It's funny how quickly dogs figure out what is 'home'.

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  14. Ahh!!!!! That bow tie! The second to last picture here made my heart melt into a puddle of goo. I'm glad you guys are settling into a nice routine!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  15. He is adorable! Happy to hear that things are going well with him! xx
    www.rosesjaunes.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Wow, he has gotten bigger!! :) He's beautiful, and which kitty department?! My little dog would look awesome in that! LOL

    Good luck with your training! :)

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  17. Glad to hear he is doing great, he is the cutest Doctor Who I have ever seen. How is he handling the stairs out back?

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  18. ahhh the little head tilt!! I've just moved to a flat where there is a dog that comes to the garden she is so friendly and lovely I want one!

    cowbiscuits

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  19. oh my goodness.. the head tilt just melted my heart! and the bow tie. i love putting on bow ties on my furry one too :) too precious! that's so great that you both found each other! :)

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    1. I know, I can barely handle the head tilt. He does it all the time and it just kills me.

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  20. Awwww..Love your animal posts xxx

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  21. Bunday, pupdates... CANNOT COPE <3 He is so adorabbbble :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  22. That bow tie is so cute on him!
    He also seems to be getting the hang of being in front of a camera, hah!

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  23. Oh my gosh, he is the cutest little thing in the world. I love it!

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  24. Holy cow he's grown! And still as cute as ever. These pictures seriously melt my heart.

    -Jasmine

    quirkishembrace.blogspot.com

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  25. I adore the bowtie - these photos are killing me! He's so darn cute. I'm glad you've got the routine sorted, it's surprisingly hard to raise a puppy right? Boomer is currently sporting some fetching head-gear this week too, except it's a giant cone! It makes his head look tiny - roll on Saturday so we can get that thing off him!

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  26. he looks like a puppy pitbull

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    1. I wouldn't be surprised. Shelters do tend to kind of stretch the truth when it involved being Pit mixes so he very well could be part Pitbull. Doesn't matter, I think he's the cutest dog ever and he's loved no matter what breed he ends up being.

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    2. They are great dogs, mine was the most friendly animal I ever met. Good luck with all you puppy adventures. Side note mine was also a total cat lover lol.

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  27. These pictures seriously kill me! I have a little tie I put on Alphonse every once in a while and it is so just stinking cute!

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  28. I love to see how puppies' ears change as they grow! So funny! My dog's ears stick straight up now, but at one point they pointed into a perfect triangle and he looked like such a dummy!
    Klaus is a dreamboat!

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  29. So cute! I used this book when I trained by puppy, and I SWEAR by it:

    http://www.amazon.com/Art-Raising-Puppy-Revised/dp/0316083275/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376595518&sr=1-1&keywords=the+art+of+training+a+puppy

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  30. Seriously what a handsome puppy, especially with a bow tie!! Neither of my dogs would have sat still with one on. I think the main thing you need with puppies is patience and consistency. I'm sure he'll grow into a very good dog.

    http://adventureswithcupcake.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. Oh my gosh he's so gorgeous. He definitely looks more grown up. It's great that he doesn't want to poop where you're playing. We have 3 older dogs and they do it in the house way too often. Especially when they don't want to go outside in the cold during winter. It's great that you're training him from an early age, it's so important. We both got our dogs when we were a lot younger and didn't know any of that. If we get a puppy again we'll make sure to train them properly to avoid a lot of the problems we have now. They're pretty good dogs anyway.

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  32. The play bowing thing is great, it means he's being submissive, and knows the cats are in charge. Once our new puppy started doing this to our older dog relations greatly improved, and they were soon good buddies, and we've only had her since Christmas time! Glad to see he is settling in well, he is just gorgeous and they will all be the best of friends in no time!
    Carrie:Brighton xxxx

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  33. I can't recommend dog star daily (www.dogstardaily.com) highly enough when it comes to training advice, it's all positive reinforcement too. It's run by Ian Dunbar who is basically the person who started the idea of training dogs by positive methods, not punishment.

    Other than that he looks adorable and sounds like you're doing really well! Love the bowtie!

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  34. Once he grows out of the bow, you should definitely let your kitties wear it! I got some for my kitties for my birthday and they don't even bother them. I've been dying to take some pictures of them wearing them but they just won't sit still.

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  35. He is too stinkin' cute and he knows it!!
    xx

    mysmallrayofsunshine.blogspot.com

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  36. Hi Kaylah! First, I wanted to let you that you inspired me to be more willing to get my license (I'm 21), so thank you for that. Also, Klaus is adorable! If you are looking for more information on puppy training, Dr. Sophia Yin (www.drsophiayin.com) is an excellent resource. Enjoy your puppy!

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  37. Oh my god! He is to die for.. and that little bowtie.

    You've done a good job picking this little one.

    stephanie

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  38. He is sooo handsome with his little bow-tie! And thank you for the resources on puppy training. We're looking to adopt a dog within the next year a so the info will be invaluable.

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  39. Wooooow. So so adorable. Gah. That bow tie is perfection. Bow ties are cool.

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  40. Oh my gosh, in the "you might also like" widget there was your very first post about Lloyd! I so hope he is doing well. Also, i'm falling for Klaus, he is SUCH a handsome dog and is looking especially dapper in that bow tie. I'm sure you're a great Dog Mum Kaylah.

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  41. He is just so cute! I'm loving all of these pictures of him! Keep the puppy pictures coming!

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  42. Such a little sweetheart! Im glad everything os going ok! He looks so qute with his bowtie:)

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  43. Awwwwww he's the cutest ever!! I think Todd needs a bowtie now... GAH! Can't deal.

    xo Ashley

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  44. too cute!!!
    He's getting old enough soon that you can enroll him in an Obedience I class (the first one dogs can do besides puppy training, which is basically just puppy playdates :)). I took my dog to the local SPCA for a series of training classes (inexpensive!) and it REALLY helped. Night and day.
    After he has his last shots don't forget to start taking him to the dogpark so he can socialize with other dogs and get good doggy manners :) This will make bringing him everywhere with you much easier!

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  45. OMG he's so cute! Could bem my pet's boyfriend! She calls Lili Marlene.

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