When we left your farm, we thought it was going to be a painful drive. Phinn cried – it was so sad. Before we got on the highway to head back to Fredericton, we stopped to put his collar on to take him for a pee. Well, he wanted to get right back in the car. We situated him on a large kennel pillow on Bev’s lap and he didn’t make a peep for the whole seven hour drive! Between naps, he would look out the window and snuggle.
As you suggested, we put the kennel beside our bed. He didn’t cry but needed to feel my hand on his nose for a few minutes. He slept for 7 hours for the first night which, as it turns out, was the shortest duration so far. He regularly sleeps between 8 and 9 hours per night without interruption.
He had a great Christmas! On the 23rd we went to a gathering in Woodstock with my family. We thought we would have to kennel him while we had supper but he was not an issue. We made the rule that he was not to be fed from the table so he just hung around for a while then laid down. Because of the weather, the trip was about 2 hours each way and he slept for the most part and didn’t make a sound. On the 25th we went to Bristol for Bev’s family gathering. Again, he mostly slept during the drive, only getting up to see where he was and to reposition. He was on his best behaviour at the gathering and again, lying down for most of the meal.
As for the house training, he has had a total of about 4 piddle accidents at our house. He will sit in front of the gate (baby gate at the top of the stairs) when he needs to go…. it took us 4 piddles to realize what he was trying to tell us. We have started bell training to help with the “need to pee” notification process. In less than 24 hours, he rang the bell for the first time but he prefers to just sit in front of the gate…. work in progress.
He is also being trained by our cat, Chloe. We/she have set some boundaries but after two days, she has nuzzled him under the chin. This morning, he took his ball out to the kitchen and dropped it for Chloe to incite her to play with him. She has had to give him a slap when he got a little too exuberant but kept her claws in. Phinn also likes to watch the cat eat but he knows he can’t get too close because her food area is out of bounds and she might slap him.
We are so pleased with Phinnaeous! He is simply a brilliant pup and we are so happy he has joined our family!
Kent & Bev