The girls still sleep a lot but playtime gets longer and louder each day! Inside, they romp around the dog beds, towels, and blankets that line the floor. They growl and yelp at each other, wrestling over and under their partner. They follow our voice commands easily, bouncing down the hallway and outside to the fenced in yard. They seem to respond to their names individually, but in reality it may just be the tone of our voice that gets their attention.
They are learning not to torment Daddy (Macintosh) or Cortez. Macintosh snaps at their boisterous activity if it bothers him. Cortez just removes himself to bedroom, where they are prevented from entering with the puppy-proof fence.
Ivy Rose is ever present with them, continuing the puppy lessons at every opportunity. That process is amazing. Ivy's favorite prompt is with the socks she guards. Socks (mine!) have always been an obsession with her. She will pick up one and carry it around for hours.
With the puppies, she acquires a sock from somewhere... sometimes the ones I just took off, and brings it to a puppy. Then she drops it and waits for the puppy to pick it up. Sometimes she grabs it away, other times she plays tug with the puppy, and then other times she just walks away. The lesson is that you can't have it unless I say you can. This teaches the puppy respect and obedience but doesn't destroy their curious, fun-loving nature.
It does reduce the number of socks available to me however. I think they have about eight now.
Another fun activity for the girls is tugging on the big dogs leashes as we gather them for a walk. They are fascinated with the long strings and they pull hard to drag either big dog across the floor. As you can imagine, neither Ivy Rose nor Macintosh really appreciate this activity!
The puppies have officially overtaken our house! Now they roam in the living room with the play yard fence preventing them from getting to the dining room or kitchen. The floor is covered with beds, blankets, and towels. They are pretty good about using the piddle pads but they do forget!
Ivy Rose is quite happy with the new arrangement. It allows her to ramp up the puppy manners lessons, which she did immediately last night. When they play too roughly, Ivy will target one to remind her how to play nicely. She doesn't give up until the puppy surrenders on her back with her feet in the air in submission. Macintosh even relaxed a bit to let the girls climb all over him, which he hadn't done previously.
At night, we still move them back to the smaller area where they know it should be quiet time. We will start working on crate training this week for short periods. Each of the girls' personalities is developing as they encounter new environments and different experiences. Their brains are growing and adapting quickly to new situations and we carefully expand their world to ensure they are comfortable.
After running and playing for most of the evening, the girls are exhausted! So are Ivy Rose and Macintosh!
These girls are each very calm and love attention. There are a few slight personality variations but, in general, all four are quite similar. Kalani has been our benchmark puppy, reaching developmental targets first. The other three girls have not been far behind her, at most a day or so. All four will sit with us for long periods of time soaking up the strokes and snuggling in close. Ivy Rose is busy teaching them good puppy manners and they respond easily to her directions.
amiable, sweet, sociable, gentle
mellow, patient, tolerant, easy-going
courageous, confident, sassy, daring
curious, deliberate, steadfast, analytical
We took advantage of the beautiful weather to investigate the yard today. Katrina and Kelsea loved it. The grass that is taller than their little legs did not hold them back from romping wildly around the big dogs. Klaire stayed close to me, which is not unusual, but eventually ventured out along side one of her sisters. Kalani didn't want to come off the walkway but once we put her in the grass, she poked around, also staying close to one of us.
Today the girls were introduced to the "wedge" and a cuddler bed, along with a few new toys. The wedge provides an incline to run up and down to develop leg muscles and body control. Cotons love to be up high and the puppies can look down from the top of the wedge at others below. It's only about eight inches high and below is a good cushion of towels, so if they roll off or jump off intentionally, they land softly. It takes a few days for the intentional jumping...not so much for the rolling off. They hide behind the corners and peek up over the edges. They love running up and down but quickly exhaust their energy reserve. Kalani and Katrina approve of the cuddler bed. Kelsea and Klaire were in and out, choosing a final nap spot nearby with their heads on the wedge.