1 month Gotcha day

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It will be a month since Barfi came into our life and well, she isn’t the pup who came into our home on the first day. Our docile pup who was scared to venture anywhere without us now sleeps on her own, pees and poops on her own and demands tummy scratches at random times at night.

She owns the humans and she knows it. Everyday she pushes the boundaries to check the limits and everyday we push back without giving in. Now the house is her oyster and we can’t predict which new object will catch her fancy and have to be stored away.

  • There are no mats outside the bathrooms. Only 3 weeks back, every door had a pretty and colourful mat.

  • The centre table is empty and none of the tables have table cloths. Thankfully, I didn’t use my expensive and pretty lace table cloth from Istanbul.

  • My pretty sheer curtains have tooth holes.

  • All the plants have been placed at a height so they aren’t eaten up.

  • The kitchen door is always, always closed.

  • All the rooms’ doors are kept closed.

  • All my night clothes have holes in them.

  • She jumps and barks at me when I eat on the couch so I make it a point to eat there while ignoring her. She is calmer now.

  • She loves jumping up on people. Right now it is cute but when she grows huge, it could hurt someone.

  • When she is bored or frustrated, she shreds the newspapers in the loo and tries to eat them. During the day she is supervised but nights become a challenge.

  • When she is very hungry, she is inclined to eat her own poop. A common phenomenon among pups because poop is full of nutrients.

And this is just the beginning.

On the other hand,

  • My house does not smell of pee anymore because the house training was mostly hassle free. The first week was difficult and I spent hours in the loo begging her to poop. The 2nd week, we took her to the loo every 2 hours. Even at night. And there were zero accidents. During week 3 we got a little careless and she had a few accidents. Week 4 onwards, she runs to the loo herself when she has to pee or poop. Even at night, she doesn’t wake me to pee or poop. She will go by herself. I wonder if she is a prodigy or are all golden retrievers this smart. So much better than a human baby who are perfectly useless for the first few years.

  • She loves being praised and we didn’t have to use any treats for house training. We praise her like she is our queen after every bathroom break.

  • While she doesn’t sleep through the night, she has stopped waking me every 2 hours. We also wanted her to sleep away from our room to reduce her dependence on us and to maintain our space and privacy.

–  She likes to guard her one true love at night – her food and sleeps outside the kitchen door. Though, we are working on getting her to move away from there because it is inconvenient.

  • She is scared of outdoors and I make it a point to take her to the park in the complex once or twice everyday. She is getting socialized to kids, noise, people of all sizes and ages and to vehicles.

  • She sleeps from 9 am to 12 noon and from 3 to 6 pm. After every meal, she is most active and wants to play atleast for an hour. That is the time she is in a destructive mood and since the timing is predictable, we are prepared for it. My day starts at 6 am with feeding her, taking her to the park, grooming her and then KC or househelp take over while I get dressed for work. Once am back from work, either KC and I play with her, feed her and she falls asleep by 9.30/10 pm.

  • She loves playing with a small mineral water bottle. Am surprised at how strong they are. Not one hole in the bottle in 3 weeks. Her other favourite toy is a rope toy and she loves playing tug.

  • She barks or whines only when she is uncomfortable. All the websites online will tell you to ignore the whining/barking to avoid making it a habit. I had a long conversation with Mann about this because I want her Barfi to vocalise her discomfort. It is ok to bark when she has pooped in the balcony and wants to let us know. It is ok to whine when the ribbon on her balloon has come off and she wants us to tie it. I don’t want to shut off her communication with us. She isn’t a beagle who will howl/bark all the time.

My major worry was if we would be able to manage with our hectic schedule but so far, it has been fine. There is a long, long way to go because the whole world is a new place for her but I guess we are up for the challenge.

This is me when am exhausted on some days:

“I will go home and crash at 7/8 pm. Got no energy for anything”

But also me at 7/8 pm:

“Barfi, who wants to play? Let’s play. Let’s play”.

Can’t wait for her teenage years which will make the puppy phase feel like a cakewalk.

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