Our little bundle of fluff is prooving to be a handful!
Yesterday when I let Ellie out at 1:30 she did okay until I had to put her back in her crate. She yelped and yelped. Most of the time she'll do it for maybe a minute and then chill out. This time she did it for like 5 minutes straight at least because she was still going at it when I walked out the door. When I came back at 3:30 to let her out again I tried something new. I sat in the bedroom with her while Ellie was in her crate. I allowed her to mellow out and gave her a few treats for being quiet. Then I walked away. While she did bark when I left, she quieted down by the time I actually left the house. Maybe staying with her for a while is the trick. I'm working on doing positive reinforcements with her so she knows when she's doing something right.
Ellie ate a good amount at dinner time and she did poop twice. Her stool isn't all runny and gross anymore. It's becoming more solid so that's awesome. Don't ya love it when I talk about poop?! ; )
The next obstacle in her training will definitely be the play biting. I know it's a "pack" thing and that's what puppies do to each other when they are playing but, I'm not a puppy. I certainly don't bite her so I don't want her biting me. And she'll get ya anywhere! Your arms, ankles, fingers, thighs, ASS! Those tiny teeth hurt too! I heard that a good way to get them to stop biting you is to yell "OW!" and then stop playing with them. I told Matt about that so I think we'll start trying that and see if it helps Ellie understand right from wrong.
Vinnie's curiosity with Ellie is progressing. He wants to climb on her crate in the morning (which he can't because he falls through the cracks) and he seems more comfortable inching his way up to her crate when she is in there laying down or playing. If she reacts to him being close though he'll back away. When Vinnie was on his cat condo yesterday, Matt held Ellie and brought her close to him because he was trying to reach out and smell her. They just calmly smelled each other and then we seperated them. I don't want to overwhelm Vinnie because he is a timid cat and gets scared pretty easily.
Today we're going to go get Ellie a comb and brush. Even though the foster bathed her Tuesday before we picked her up we're going to do it again because she has been in the wet grass and on some dirt. My goal is to get her familar with being groomed so when she goes to the groomers it will be really easy.
My neighbor lady once had a white poodle and she told me yesterday that the vet has eye drops that will help Ellie not tear so much. The tearing has caused the hair around her eyes to develop a red/brown yeast rash. We'll set up a vet appointment for her next week I think. I'd like our vet to check her over.
That's all for now! Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to blog about Vinnie and Ellie finally getting to interact.