|Emma hides behind my recliner when I bring out the camera.|
This morning started at 7:30 AM with Emma suddenly mugging my face and flopping all over me. I laughed at her and tried to sit up, which caused a spasm of excitement from her and she threw her whole weight on my ribs and draped over me, which effectively prevented me from getting up. The moment I stopped trying to get up she would go back into the "time to get up" mugging of my face and we'd rinse and repeat the process of trying to get up from the bed. I finally had to tell her she needed to let me get up if she wanted me to let her out.
She was quiet and playful all the way to the door and once back in the house raced back to my bed and curled against my ribs. When she was out I checked the bedroom. No messes, no torn up slippers or shoes and nothing indicating she gotten bored in the night and found trouble. We also didn't have the 3 AM whine or the every 30 minute sleep timer whine trying to wake me from the pre-dawn until I couldn't take another whining session from the crate.
I believe we can spend the rest of the week with her gated in my room at night to prevent her seeking and finding trouble while I sleep, but she's showing signs she's ready to sleep through the night without being crated. I am not surprised actually. She's never had an accident in her crate while here and the only two times she's had an accident in my house was the human's fault, not hers. The first time was my missing her telling me she needed out the first week she stayed with us and the second was yesterday when Walter said he tried to get a down out of her before letting her out and she simply couldn't hold herself anymore and urinated instead. We both agree, those two incidents were our fault and not hers and thus, I feel she's pretty reliably housebroken at this time.
When I crated Gypsy at night to housebreak her she was Emma's age when I stopped placing her in her crate and just sat up with her for a few nights to ensure she was able to control her bladder and bowels. Emma is at that stage in development where she no longer needs the crate to keep her from making a mess in the house. This is fantastic.
This change in how the crate is being used here means I can now take the time to actually train her to enjoy the crate before needing to ever shut the door on her again. It means I can move it out of my room and into another room where she has all day access to it and can explore and play with it and decide for herself to nap in it if she desires. It means I can take crate training at a pace that lets her realign her association with it and begin to see it as a safe haven before we take classes where being in a crate when not working on in class lessons is a requirement.
It also means I'll have 20 pounds of very warm and wiggly Labradoodle curled against my spine and on my blanket at night as I fall asleep. I had to convince her last night that I was permitted to have blankets also and they could indeed be pulled over my shoulders without her weighing them down and/or stealing them.
Let the fun begin!
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