Thursday, August 31, 2006

Puppy Update

Juju is now 4 months old. Her last visit to the vet was last Friday, when she received her final set of vaccinations and her rabies shot. She weighed in at 26 pounds!! The vet says you can estimate their adult weight by doubling it at 4 months, so she will probably grow to twice her size now: 50 pounds or so.

She is doing well with potty-training; in fact, I'd say she's pretty well potty-trained, although you still have to make sure she's let out frequently. But she is fine being left in the kitchen for 4-5 hours at a time (although one of us is usually home after 3-4 hours of "alone time"). We have taken to keeping the garbage can and kitchen towels up on the counter out of reach, though!

She loves water and loves to dump her water bowl all over the kitchen floor...many times a day, if possible! And of course she is in the chewing stage, which they say puppies go through between 4-6 months, growing in their new adult teeth. So she always has to have something in her mouth. And she really craves a good 20-30 minute walk each evening! But I'm glad not to have a "barky" dog, because she generally only barks at me if she wants attention, a walk, food, or when she wants to come inside.

She does really well socially. She loves to play with the neighborhood dogs and kids and loves to run around the yard. She knows sit, stay, down, shake, and speak really well, and is doing pretty well with come.

She has graduated from sleeping in her crate/kennel (which she has incidentally now outgrown and needs a new one before I can confine her in one again) to sleeping in my bedroom with me. Yes, I let her sleep on the bed!

She still has a lot of puppy energy, but I think she doing pretty well for a four-month old dog!


Seminarybeachbum said...

50 pounds--not too bad. According to your blog, Juju sounds like she's learning quite well. She almost sounds smart! Especially glad to hear about the potty training. Sarah, however, has mentioned that the little critter can be kinda dumb at trying to jump up on the couch but just hitting the side and falling to the floor. I'd kinda like to see that--sounds funny.

Rebecca said...

Is this your dog?! Whoa...I think I've been out of the loop for too long! I'm coming to see you tommorrow--I still need to return that piano book that somehow ended up in my room, and restock your candy basket to make-up for all my in-between-every-class-period-when-my-teacher-thinks-I'm-actually-going-to-the-bathroom candy raids.
Love love love and see you tomorrow!

Mom said...

Tim--you really do exist! The only time I get to hear you is on taped WHWL promos.
BTW Beth--nice update on Juju

Sarah said...

Yup, she's a dumbmuggin's a good thing she's cute. She's been doing better and I am suprised at how well she listens. Good ol' Juju

The Hill family said...

My little Noah weighs 26 lbs too!!!! What a coinkidink!!!

Carrie said...

Hello Beth Hill - it's one of your roomies - Carrie (Brodwater) Bennett. Glad to see and hear what you are up too.

Anonymous said...

Beth! how fun - I can't wait to meet Juju. Hope you are having a nice Labor Day weekend.