Day 2 (and night 1)
We all made it through night one! Phew. It was not as bad as I feared after researching puppies on line but we did get up at 3am to potty train (the dog, not us).
Is he so sleepy or at I so cumfy?
We all woke up for real around 6am after a few early morning potty runs. There was a small amount of whining and howling (again, Zermatt not us) after each potty run but reallly he went back to sleep pretty quick each time took him to tinkle.
"Tinkle Time" is our phrase to train him to do his business. It's mostly going good: we had one accident in day 1 and 1 accident on day 2. That's not too bad for a little guys who's bounced around homes so much in the past few days. We look forward to making more progress so we can sleep longer through the night and be able to be able to trust him in the house without watching him like a hawk all the time.
All. The. Time!
Zermatt sleeps mostly during the day and seems to unleash (see what I did there- leash...dog...unleashed. I'm hilarious I know) all that stored up energy in the afternoon noon and evening.
Since I'm home during the days, I'm trying to also get him acclimated to #doglife. A few times a day I put him on a leash, which he currently does not like. At all. For 5 minutes a session I'm getting him used to wearing it and trying to get him to run around and not notice the leash as much.
We're also trying to get him on a feeding schedule, and a potty schedule and whatever other puppy schedules we keep reading about. The more I read the more worried I get. I'm a worrier. I've got to work on that. I get the smallest sense of what it must be like for new parents of human babies.
Marissa was able to come home for lunch today to spend time with the little guy. We played fetch with him for 30 minutes as I progressively scooted further away to help get him less scared of exploring his new digs. Our house is fairly large so we may come to regret this later...but we're hoping Zermatt won't a timid guy.
Getting a puppy, or having a kid I suppose, makes everything more challenging. This is not news. Marissa and I do lots of activities together but now we have to get used to getting stuff done tag team so one of us can hawk watch the dog. It's actually a bit of a big change. At least for now, until he's trustworthy on his own in the house.