Keisha broke a bowl

Keisha bone and bowl
Keisha chewing Sophie’s bone

 Keisha broke a bowl last night!  I was in the bathroom and heard a crash.  For a few seconds I thought she had somehow broke out of her crate!  When I came out there was a broken bowl on the floor.  It had been on top of her crate, and she managed to push it off the top.  I had been keeping it there to put her water in.  She tips over dog bowls too easily, and I can’t use the ones that have rubber on the bottoms that are harder to tip over because I have a latex allergy.  I cleaned up the bowl, and vaccumed to make sure there were no small pieces of glass in the carpet, and I guess I’ll have to find somewhere else to keep her bowls from now on!

She’s sleeping in her crate now, and Sophie’s sleeping on the couch.  It’s one of the rare moments when it’s quiet here!  When Keisha’s awake she’s usually howling, talking, being hyper, or chasing her tail! 

I’m not sure how I’m going to keep her from destroying the Christmas tree yet.  I’m going to wait for awhile longer before putting it up, but I know she’s going to want to jump at it and eat it!  I’ll let everyone know how it goes once the tree is up!

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Some re-planning is in order

Keisha Julian
Keisha getting ready to run around

When Keisha was out of her crate it was easy to keep things away from her.  All I had to do was put them on the kitchen counter or table.  They were out of reach, and safe.  Notice how I said “when” and “were”?  Well, tonight Keisha proved that she is no longer the little puppy who had came home 24 days ago.  She is now more like a toddler.

When she first came home she would leap after Sophie.  Sophie would then get up into the chair in the living room, knowing that she was safe form Keisha and her pointy little teath!  She would look down at Keisha taunting her knowing there was nothing she could do as long as she kept her paws and tail far enough away form the edge of the chair.

I noticed these past few weeks that Keisha can leap onto the chair and couch!  Sophie noticed this when Keisha leapt over the arm of the chair and started biting her, while walking over her!  She got out of the chair and Keisha went tumbling out of the chair.  This didn’t stop her though, and she chased Sophie onto the couch to get in some more bites!

Now she can jump onto the chair and couch, get cloths that are hanging over the edge of the kitchen counter, put her front paws on the table and get things off there, and jump at the tv!  She has so much fun leaping at something she sees moving on the tv.  It’s funny right now, but I have to teach her not to do it because I’m sure it won’tbe so funny when a full grown Siberian Husky puts her head through my tv!

I guess the next plan is to just keep the counter tops and table as clear as possible, and to unplug my laptop from the wall before letting her out so she can’t pull it, or anything else from the center of the table by getting tangled in the cord!

Keisha’s first bath

first bath
Keisha’s first bath

 Keisha had her first bath about a week after coming home.  We absolutely had to give her one!  She had decided that it was ok to pee in her crate and roll around in it, and smelled horrible! 

close up tubI thought she wouldn’t mind getting a bath too much because she obviously didn’t mind being wet!  She also tipped her water bowl over every chance she got and splashed around in her crate.  She puts her paw in her water bowl while she’s drinking a lot too.

Sophie, my Lab. doesn’t like getting a bath at all!  If you as much as get a towel she is out of reach, and uneasy until you get into the bath tub or shower youself.  It’s odd how I ended up having a Lab., who is suppose to be a water dog who doesn’t like water, and a Husky who loves it. 

When I put Keisha into the tub she started drinking the water.  I made her stop because God only knows what she had in her fur! 

I used some really mild shampoo, and only as much as I needed and she was finally smelling like a little puppy again!  We couldn’t even cuddle her before her bath because she was just disgusting! 

She did manage to escape from the tub once!  I didn’t think she could because it’s a deep soaker tub.  She was jfloppy earsust tall enough to stand on her hind legs and put her front ones on the side of the tub.  She’s definetly a climber!

She’s had to have another couple of baths using just water a a tiny bit of mild shampooo since then, but she’s getting a lot better!  She’s also growing a lot!  She still chases Sophie around a lot, and bites her, but we are trying to stop her from doing this.  Sophie just runs away from her and growls at her.  I’ve had Sophie for 8 years, and she has only barked a few times (if you would even call it barking), but since getting Keisha she growls at her almost every day!  I bet if she could she’d give Keisha away to the Pizza Delivery guy, or pack her up and send her back to her breeder!  I’m sure as she learns to leave Sophie alone though they will get along a lot better.  Let’s hope so anyway!

Determined to chew that bone

bone in bowl
Keisha put Sophie’s bone in the bowl to chew it

Keisha was in her crate today while I was vacuuming.  She was watching me and “talking” as huskies do.  Julian was on the phone, so I was trying to keep her as quiet as possible.  I found Sophie’s bone in the bedroom, so I gave it to Keisha to play with until I was finished cleaning up.  It’s a Nylabone, and she tries to steal it whenever she can.  She played with it for awhile, but it kept sliding around her crate.  I can’t keep any bedding in there for her because she just digs it and chews it until it is destroyed! 

I fed her a little while before this, and hr bowl was still in her crate.  It’s a deep bowl, and not a dog bowl because she tips dog bowls over way too easily.  Then she has a crate ful of water that she wines about before she splashes it in.  I can’t use the other kind of dog bowls that she can’t tip over because they have rubber on the bottom and I have a latex allergy. 

Anyway, she was trying to chew the bone, but it kept escaping from her on the plastic floor.  She picked the bone up, put it in her empty bowl and tried chewing it again.  It still slipped around, so she covered the bowl with her fron leg, and then with the front of her body so she could hold the bone still and chew it!  It only took her a few minutes to figure this out!

She is so smart!  She is just like Sophie, my current guide dog when she is trying to figure things out.  She will sit back and think about how she will do something until she figures out a way to do what she wanted.  She knows that the door of her crate opens when I lift up the handle and slide it sideways, and she will try to do it with her nose and mouth when she wants to get out.  She has the lifting part down, but still hasn’t figured out how to slide it yet.  I’m not sure she can slide it from the inside, but I know if it’s at all possible, she will figure out a way sooner or later!  Let’s just hope that it’s later, and I don’t have to catch a puppy escapee all the time!

Potty training problems

flexi leash
Keisha taking herself for a walk with Sophie’s FlexiLeash

Keisha is doing great!  She has learned how to sit, and is learning how to lay down.  She’s very smart, and we are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of her!  The only problem we are having is teaching her not to pee in her crate!  She doesn’t seem to care at all if her crate is wet.

Her crate is right next to the door that leads to the patio.  I have a litter box outside the door that Sophie uses, and if Keisha is put out there the first thing in the morning she will pee there.  If she is left out there long enough she will also pee.  The problem is she don’t understand that her crate is not a good place to pee.

When she pees outside I praise her a lot, give her one of her favorite treats, and she gets to play.  She realizes this because when she pees, she runs inside to get her treat.  When she pees in her crate, I tell her “no” and put her right outside.  She will usually hold it, but after awhile she will go.  She also pees a little outside and acts like she’s done, but as soon as she goes back into her crate she pees.

I have the divider in her crate and it’s only big enough for her to turn around in, but she will still pee and lay down in it.  I tried leaving the puddle in her crate, and thought that if she realized that it wouldn’t be cleaned up right away and that she had to lay in it she wouldn’t want to do it, but she just wined for a minute and layed down in it!  I even tried letting ehr out with Sophie so she could watch her, but then she just wants to play after watching her intently for a few minutes.

I cleaned out her crate with stuff that takes odors away, but that didn’t work either, so the next step I’m thinking of trying is to teach her to go on some paper that will be put in the far end of her crate, and gradually move it outside.  I hope something works soon!

Someone suggested that she could have “learning difficulties”, but I know I don’t have to worry about that!  She can learn other things easily, but is just having some problems with this.  The same person also suggested that some dogs are impossible to housebreak, but I think any dog can be trained if you know what motivates them and can find something that works for them!  I’ve just got to find out what works for Keisha.

I was reading about how puppies can’t physically “hold it” until they are at least 12 weeks old.  She has another couple of weeks to go until then, so I’m not too worried about it yet.  I’m sure things will work out fine.  I was also reading about the Misty Method of potty training for puppies.  If puppies of that age can be potty trained, I’m sure Keisha can!

And that is why her nickname is “Stinky”!

I’m getting the puppy on Nov. 7th!

NylaboneI just thought I’d write an update.  I’m going to pick up my puppy on Nov. 7th, thanks to a family member on my step dad’s side of the family!  She offered to drive me to the puppy breeder’s house to pick the puppy up! 

I still haven’t thought of a name!  I know I need to come up with one I am happy with, and that suits her, but I’m having trouble finding a female “husky” name that hasn’t been over-used.  It seems like the same names are used over and over.

I’ve picked out a crate, crate pad, collar, leash, and Nylabone and it will be ordered this week.  It will be shipped from this city, so it shouldn’t take too long to get here.  I’ve decided to buy a collar to use for now, and Julian is going to bring me a leash, harness and collar that he is getting a girl in the dog club class he teaches to make.  She breeds husky’s, and makes leather leashes etc. 

 I decided on a Nylabone because Sophie, my yellow lab has had one since guide dog school in Aug. of 2000 and she still has the same bone!  She’s not a “power chewer”, but these bones are great!  The yellow lab Viki owned who stayed in the room accross the hall would chew his bones up in the matter of days!  I thought that if I got the “wolf” bone it would last longer, and the puppy would have something she could chew on and I wouldn’t have to stay with her while she chewed it.  I also found bones that you fill with water and freeze them.  They are really good for dogs that are teething.  I’ll have to look into these later.

It’s so hard to find non-latex dog toys!  As a matter of fact, it’s hard to find non-latex anything!  I have a latex allergy, and can’t handle anything that is made of rubber.  All of the “Kong” toys are made of rubber, and most “chew” toys are.  Even tennis balls have rubber bits on them!  I’ll have to try to find some toys besides rope toys to get.  Even some rope toys have tennis balls attached!

I’ll keep everyone updated, and add more photos of the puppy when I get her!