Okay, well technically Ace is 18 weeks until Wednesday, but I felt like doing the post now =)
Since we got him at 7 weeks on March 10th 2010, it's really amazing how far he has come!
I thought I would never sleep through the night again and there would never be an end to cleaning up paper misses!
It is truly amazing to watch a puppy grow and develop. I never realized the changes with our family pets growing up. I feel it must be because he is all ours and he depends on us completely.
I noticed a lot lately how many people comment on how well behaved he is! When I think of Ace I think of a mischievous little guy who finds socks in places unknown, stashes pine cones in our house, digs holes, and flattens flowers.
We had friends over on Saturday for a get together and everyone couldn't believe he was only 4 months old! I really started thinking about it and realized how lucky we are that those snatched socks and a messy garden are nothing compared to some fur kid stories I have heard!
-Ace now sleeps until 7 or 7 30 (with an occasional 6 30 am wakeup)
-He goes to the door and barks when he wants to go potty
-He will lay at our feet and chew on a bone when we watch tv (instead of jumping and whining for attention)
- He stands still during bath time!
-His recall is about 98% haha
There are many other things he does as well that demonstrate good behaviour, and to some it may seem very little, but I know when he does these little things, it makes me so proud! In such a short time he has learned so much! It's bittersweet because he is not acting like a naughty puppy as much as he is acting like a little puppy gentleman, and it means he is growing up <3
The most recent thing Ace has been doing (which he started Saturday night after our guests left), I allowed Ace to stay up later than usual (12:30, he usually goes to his crate around 10:30pm, he loves his routine haha) He must have been very sleepy after all the playtime with everyone because after I finished cleaning the kitchen, I noticed Ace wasn't sitting on the rug in the kitchen anymore. My first thought was Oh no what is he getting into now. So I walked downstairs looking for him and when I got to our bedroom, there he was, sitting on the floor at the foot of our bed whining at me!
Of course, I was immediately like "Oh goodness are you hurt?!?!"
but nope, he whined one more time, rolled on his back, so I rubbed his tummy.
After a few seconds of tummy rubbing, he stood up and walked RIGHT INTO HIS CRATE!!!! All on his own!!!
I couldn't believe it! The little booger waited in our room for someone to rub his tummy before bedtime!
I hadn't realized at the moment, but before bedtime every night, I always rub his belly to calm him! So once his belly was rubbed, Ace wanted to go to sleep!
I was so proud, and no lie, he has gone into his crate on his own each night since!!!
My little Genius <3
haha Sorry about a huge post bragging about Ace, but I am sure you other fur kid parents who went through puppy training and development understand my excitement & enthusiasm about things as little as being able to sleep in a bit longer!!! haha