I finally have the time to introduce my little champ to the site! I am officially a corgi-owner!
So this is Spartacus, he is now 8 weeks and 3 days old! My boyfriend and I picked him up on Saturday, and boy was it a hectic day! So when we got home, i tried walking him outside to get him to go potty, which he actually did! But poor thing was so nervous, he was trembling with confusion, and maybe fear? We then brought him inside, and let him roam around and explore the house a little bit, my favorite part of having a puppy is how mischievous and curious they get! Sure enough though, the first room he got in, a little yellow water came out of him. I think he was too excited about the TV (wow a weird thing that makes noise!). So we immediately took him outside and let him roam and explore around in the backyard (with leash).
My Georgetown grad of a boyfriend suggested that I should take him off the leash for right now, so he can feel free to roam around. My gut instinct was telling me "no, i shouldn't, he might fall into the pool.." and sure enough, he did! the little tyke went towards the pool, sniffed it, and dove right in! he plopped in, went belly up first, and struggled to get out. My boyfriend thought that he could have swam, since my bf's previous puppy experiences were all with newfoundlands a.k.a. the olympian swimmers. I was so terrified, and I was about to jump in and get him, but luckily my boyfriend's arm span is much longer than mine, and he fished him out. we then quickly rushed him in and bathed him, but poor thing was trembling and shaking, i'm sure he was going to hate me forever! night-time, wasn't a breeze either. he woke up probably every 45 minutes or so, asking to get out of his crate
Day 2 i spent playing with him and coddling him all day (which i think ended up being bad in the long run, cuz now he can't detach himself to me!) and he only woke up 3 times to go outside. Day 3 was excellent, we took him to the vet, he behaved very well, and was such a ladies' man. he was on schedule for everything, and has already figured out that he needs to go outside to do his business. in total, we've only had 4 accidents in the house, and they were all #1, not #2!
so through this whole entire weekend, i felt that it was just way too hard to keep my attention on him 24/7, so i thought it might be wise to maybe fence off a portion of my backyard, and put a kennel in there. so that's what i did this morning, and he absolutely HATES it, he's been whining and whimpering (and eventually barking) for the past hour now. I really hope he gets used to being outside for maybe 6 or 7 hours a day.
Is it cruel to keep him out there while I am away at work? My parents are retired, and live with me, but they don't have the energy to take care of a puppy. The most they can do is put food in his bowl at a certain time. I do live in Southern California, so the weather is constantly nice and warm for him to play outside. But in the long run, would this negatively affect the way he behaves?
and now, onto some pics!
i love it when they sleep on their belly with their legs up in the air like this!