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Fox Bentley || 4 Months

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Guys! My teeny tiny little pup is getting soooo big! He has grown up so much since we picked him up at 5 weeks old. It completely blows me away!

Weight: Between 35 & 40 pounds

It's official. We don't have a medium sized dog. He is going to be large. Very large.

Height: Good Question

Ok, so I have no idea how tall he is, but when he stands on his back legs, his front paws can hit my waist.  Easily. He also has discovered that he can easily counter surf. So that's fun. We are learning new things to say no to him for every day!

Likes:

He is LOVING being at Grandma's house and playing with the dogs all the time. And when the back door is open and they can run inside or to the backyard whenever they want to! My mom's water fountain is a big hit too. The dogs all drink water out of the waterfall fountain and when it was getting cleaned, we actually had a problem with Fox refusing to drink water out of the bowl! He had such a dry nose until I sat down with him and a bowl of water and made him drink it! Then he realized he was really thirsty and drank the water! 

While he loves playing with the other two, he also loves having plenty of time alone with mommy and daddy! We took an hour and a half walk last night and he ate up every second of it! And sometimes will even come into our room sneekily so the other dogs don't follow him and cuddle on the bed with us.

Speaking of bed, Simeon and I bought a new fluffy, queen sized bed that he adores. It took a few days to talk him into willingly going to his crate at night to sleep since he just wanted to sleep on the bed!

Dislike:

Moving. He really, really hated when we were packing everything up and we were moving! I'm not looking forward to next month when we have to do it all over again and then end up in a completely new place! He is all confused on where home is and on our walk, he was trying to walk up to every porch and go inside. He was just so confused! It then didn't help that because he has gotten so big, he needed all new stuff!

We originally got things thinking that he would only be up to 40 pounds. But no. So he has gotten a new crate, new collar, and new bed, but isn't 100% ready to give up the old stuff yet. He also has a new bowl, one of those "fun" bowls to make them eat slower. He hates it. He can't always get the food out and needs help at the end of his bowl. But he has learned to slow down! he had to eat out of a regular bowl today and still chewed his food! Which is amazing considering he used to just inhale it!

Fox Bentley: 12 Week Pupdate

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So this is our last weekly update, from here out I'll move to monthly! But don't worry, you will still see plenty of photos of Fox around. Mostly likely at the end of my Weekender Project project posts which will be getting started up again this Friday!

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WEIGHT: 20.6 Pounds

Guys. It's official. Our puppy is huge. And he doesn't really show any signs of slowing own. My vet made a joke that we might have a hundred pound dog on our hands and Simeon and I froze. We will love him no matter his size, but OMG if he gets that big, I don't know what we will do! He still has to fit into an apartment!!

HEIGHT: ??

I don't know but OMG he is getting sooo tall! Even taller than his full grown sister Hazel!

LIKES: 

Going to grandma's house! We had to go there Thursday night to help with my mom's daycare in the morning, and while he had been throwing a fit the entire car ride for some reason, he was INSANELY excited when he realized where we were when he got out of the car and ran straight to the front door!

The dog park is his all time favorite. He comes home so tired, its crazy! Make sure to follow on snapchat (SabeyG) to see more of his crazy adventures!

DISLIKES: 

He hates baths. Like hard core I am not looking forward tot he bath that I have to give him tonight after rolling around in the dirt with Snickers. He also has decided that I can only sleep if he feels like sleeping too and will not be constrained to his pen in the morning so mommy can sleep in a little longer. That is a no go. 

NEW TRICKS:

He gives high fives now!! It started with him hitting my hand with two paws which has turned into one, though Simeon thinks its just Fox deciding to be lazy. I find it adorable. On potty training, we had some issues at grandma's house but he has only had a few accidents this week at home.  So hopefully, this will continue to improve.

At the dog park there are agility equipment and Fox loves it! He runs up and down ramps and sits on little circles. He even does the jumps!! We're quite proud of him.

Fox Bentley: 11 Week Pupdate

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WEIGHT: Between 15 and 20 pounds POUNDS

Our tiny little boy is getting HUGE!! We are for sure finally seeing how giant his paws are which is something that people have been saying about him since he was our teeny tiny little baby, but we never really believed. 

HEIGHT: 12 INCHES TO THE SHOULDER

He is getting taller than his older sister Hazel! They were playing last night and while she still has some muscle and weight on Fox, he has for sure surpassed her in the height department.

LIKES: 

Playing fetch! And doing his tricks for mom. Sometimes, he will even pay attention enough to do all his tricks by hand demand only. He loves jumping onto the couch which is something he has finally decided to do instead of constantly waiting to get picked up. He still whimpers and asks to be picked up to get onto the chair (but if no one is paying attention to him, he eventually just jumps up by himself).

DISLIKES: 

He hates, hates, hates having to come inside when he would rather be outside. And being ignored is a no go. He will paw at you, nose electronics, and shove himself into your lap until you give him all the attention that he wants and "needs." Oh and getting his nails done and a bath are no goes. He whines and screams and throws a fit and thats before the clipper even gets close to his nails or before he even comes into the bathroom.

NEW TRICKS:

He jumps on command now. I think he really likes it. I'm planning on working on getting him to shake or give high fives next. And we had a complete back pedal on potty training. Apparently, the new cool thing is to alert me that he needs to pee and then start peeing within a few seconds directly where he is. May I mention that the way that he tells us that he has to pee is by jumping towards his leash hanging by the door which usually puts his front paws on our glass side table. So he pees while standing up. It's a giant pain in the butt. But we started giving him treats when he actually pees outside again, so we are hoping that this will turn around again quickly.

Mom's Notes:

Update on his blue eyes: His one eye has remained a quarter blue and I really hope that it never changes! I miss his completely blue eyes, but I'm willing to settle. :) Our little boy really is ridiculously spoiled. I was trying to get him running this morning and started just throwing each and every toy of his across the living room. Within seconds, our super clean living room was covered in toys and a giant mess. But we lost or he chewed up most of his bones, so I'll have to go shopping for him again anyway. :)

And now, who can resist cute sleepy puppy faces?

How to Survive Your 1st Month with Puppy

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Ok guys. I'm staging a come back! I think Fox and I are finally getting a plan and a schedule down for working with and around each other! So I thought I would share some of the things that I've figured out living with Fox.

First, I want to talk about how we got Fox way too early. Honestly, it was earlier than I would ever feel comfortable picking up from a breeder. But the fact was I wasn't getting Fox from a breeder. And it was made very clear to me that if I didn't get this puppy now while these people were pushing them out the door, then someone else who might not take the time and put in the extra care with him would take him home. Five weeks is WAY TOO YOUNG to bring a puppy home if you have the choice to wait. Your puppy hasn't been taught manners by his mom, can't really chew hard food yet, and will be extremely needy.

Which Fox was. At five weeks, Fox was waking up every hour or so, woke up in the morning incredibly hungry, and constantly wanted love and attention and cuddles every moment of the day. It was also extremely difficult to get him to kennel train as he would whine because he couldn't cuddle with someone else. So I stayed in the living room with him and slept right next to him in his kennel so that he could cuddle with my hand at night.  And incredibly mouthy. All the time. Constantly biting and just didn't seem to figure out that we didn't want him biting us all the time.

Surviving Your First Month with Your Puppy - Becoming Sabra Gilbert

So our first month with puppy is a little different than most. Most people will get their puppy at an older and less difficult age. Though I definitely can't claim that getting a puppy is ever easy. Sure, they are adorable, but they are incredibly difficult as well!

So here are a few tips to survive the craziest first month!


1| Exercise is Key! 


Honestly, we didn't start seeing any real improvements in Fox's behavior until we started walking him daily. But as he got older, one walk with a few little runs just wasn't gonna cut it anymore. So now for a great attitude day, we go on two walks. One in the morning and one in the later afternoon or early evening. But it has worked wonders! It has helped with biting and him needing someone to entertain him all day long. 


2| Patience, Patience, Patience


Getting angry just isn't going to cut it. Puppies require two times more patience than you think that you have. You have to stay calm. Be sharp when the situation calls for it. Tough love is important as well. If you are able to just let your puppy cry it out at night, its honestly the best thing for him. But that will take a lot of patience as well. Your mommy instinct to comfort will be put to the test when you just have to listen to your puppies cries. It still breaks my heart a little bit so I send some comforting shhhhh that I've been doing since we got him, and he usually goes to sleep in like a minute or so.


3| Take Naps Whenever Possible


Now that Fox is 9 weeks old, he is finally sleeping through the night! (And by through the night we mean from 10:30 to 6:30, maybe 7 tops!) But the first few weeks, he was up either every hour or every other hour and then demanding food and wide awake at 5:30 AM. We were sooo tired! And cranky. Tired people with hyper puppies are super cranky. So sleep whenever possible. Take turns waking up with the puppy to let him out (set alarms instead of letting him wake you up with whines!). Have one person watch the pup and let the other person take a nap. Honestly, raising a puppy in pairs is a million times easier than I feel like it would be on my own. So get someone in your corner to help!


4| Get Out and About


Being inside with your puppy all day can be harmful to you and your pup! Get out there and let other people take some of the energy out of your pup/ Go to a new park where you pup is distracted by needing to explore EVERYTHING. Take your pup to that store that lets you bring in your pet (our favorite is our local Runnings!) and let other people love on your pup. socialization at a young age is key to having a happy dog later. 


5| Puppy Proof EVERYTHING


Don't expect your puppy to know not to get into something. And if you don't want something in your puppies mouth, keep it out of range of your puppies mouth! They explore EVERYTHING with their mouth. That's just how puppies are. So keep an eye on your pup and keep your shoes off the floor. :)

 

Having Fox has pushed me and Simeon's relationship to its limits. We've been snappy. We've been crazy in love with our little family. We've been just about everywhere at this point and I can only imagine that it will only get crazier. But we are loving every second of this roller coaster!