|Valuable dog socializing is going on at meal times.|
2. Socializing with me: Piper missed his home and family. This was a hard transition for him and for the first few days he was lost. He wanted his old life back, not this new one that had been foisted on him. He cried shrilly when I put him in the crate at nights, but there was no way around that. So I read to him, thinking the sound of my voice, steady and monotone, would be a comfort to him, letting him know I was there. The hysteria would slowly quiet and after a few frustrated little whimpers, he would drift off to sleep. I even did this for the middle-of-the-night hysterics, and now it's not an issue. His crate is his sleeping chamber and he is OK.
Initially I was worried Piper wouldn't bond to me. He is a very independent little guy and the first few days he would go off by himself to explore or play with his toys. But as the days went by and we explored together he started to seek me out, and cuddle up just a little more. This morning Piper crawled up into my lap when he got tired and I knew he had bonded, and was putting his old life away.
3. Mouthing: Wow, Piper wants something in his mouth ALL THE TIME.
|Piper looks like a black bear cub - sharp teeth and all!|
4. Leash: I use the leash to "park" Piper (read: go to the bathroom). The first few days he put on the brakes and twisted his little head from side to side, letting me know he did not want to be led by some giant, anywhere. But treats and coaxing and being very, very patient, and switching directions and tiny tugs are all doing their magic and he trots along pretty good now mostly.
|Sleepy little Piper.|
Our first few days together, I admit, were rocky! But the future awaits. All the world is a stage. My little Sponge-Pup is soaking up the stage of the world and I am his stage manager, timing his entrances and exits and making sure he has the right props to be successful.