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We have had our puppy for one week now. He is 10 weeks old. Gizmo was quite shy at first, but had adjusted very well. He found his voice a day or so ago. Now he "argues" with me when I scold him and barks at his toys when they just lay there.
Gizmo has made great progress in just one week. His accomplishments: sit on command, knows to go to door to potty - no sounds, just goes to the door, knows command "go in the house" when we are done outside, has learned to climb the step into the house and the one from the porch to the sidewalk, doesn't whine when he's put into his "condo" for the night or when we go away, brings toys back to us when we play, knows the word NO - but he chooses when to listen, and walks on leash without pulling. He does stop and doesn't want to go again, but we'll conquer that.
Gizmo has developed an extreme liking for my petunias, violas and the wood chips in the garden. I have picked up as many of the woodchips as could be found and am constantly removing them from his mouth. He also eats grass - from the roots! I think he's part horse! He knows when he needs to go potty, but likes to roll in the grass and play before doing the deed. If I try to take him in the house before he's finished, he pulls back on the leash. I let him snoop a little more and, voila! He finishes up. THEN we go in the house where he sits automatically, waits for me to take off his leash and gets his treat (a piece of his dog food). Sometimes he even sits up to get the treat .... sooooo cute!
We are trying to teach him not to bite when we play. A loud clap and a firm NO gets his attention. Then we put a rawhide chew or toy in his mouth and tell him he's a good boy. Hopefully repetition will win.
The only concern I have is that his tail is curly. His father is a standard poodle and mom is a beautiful silky golden retriever. Should his tail be curly - it looks like a spitz, or is this something that will change as he gets older???
Either way, we love him so much.