I hope to make this a weekly installation at first and then monthly as she gets older and we progress along her training as a gundog. Kodi is eight weeks old today and has been with us for nearly a week. We've started conditioning her to her name as well as a few commands - come, down, kennel up, go potty, give. Overall, she's a smart, well behaved pup. House training is her weak point right now, but she's just a baby and so it's mostly our fault. Yesterday was a rough day, with over a dozen accidents, but usually she only has one or two accidents in a day. She sleeps through the night without any complaining and when kenneled during the day will only whine for a minute or two before settling down. She also walks surprisingly well on leash and looooves to run. She has fun playing in wading pools and small ponds but isn't a huge fan of the sprinkler.
Kodi doesn't seem to have a super strong retrieve drive, which is not surprising. Britts are versatile dogs, not retrievers, but she did retrieve a ball for me the other night. Her pointing instinct has been starting to kick up over the past two days. I wouldn't say she's actually pointed anything yet, but she's showing signs. In fact, I think she might have pointed the cat today if it weren't for the fact that she had a chew in her mouth - multi-tasking is not a puppy strong point!
Speaking of which, there has been some cat-conditioning going on as well. I'm really impressed that our cat has been as restrained as he has. He outweighs her three times over right now, but is mostly content to run away and hide on the other side of the baby gate when she tries to chase him. A few times she's irritated or cornered him and he gave her a bap on the nose (sans claws) which sent her sobbing to me but resulted in a more circumspect chasing the next time. I think they will be getting along fine in a few weeks. Actually, as I type this, the cat let Kodi sniff him, only sending her away once she wanted to play with him.
I'm planning on picking up a few pigeons in the next week or two. That will be exciting!
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