Kodi had her first vet appointment on Monday. She weighed in at just over 7lbs. The vet was very happy with her physical conformation and general health. She had a few fleas (which I knew about) and some ear mites (which I did not know about), so she's on Revolution for two months to take care of that, then we'll probably switch to a different flea/heartworm preventative once the ear mites have cleared up. We go back the week after next for another round of shots.
She's getting much better at both pointing and retrieving, which is excellent. She's also discovered her voice and tends to bark when asking to play. Typically this is directed at the cat or the chickens, neither of whom are very good at playing with her, so sometimes she resorts to barking at her toys which are much better at playing.
Kodi really loves the cat, even if he doesn't want to play. Sometimes she'll sit at the baby gate that divides the house into puppy and non-puppy zones and whimper, waiting for the cat to come out. Other times (to his annoyance) she'll just follow him around wherever he goes. And then sometimes she can't resist and just jumps all over him and gets bapped in return.
Our morning walks have increased from a minimum of .3 miles to a minimum of .5 miles and I'm about ready to increase it again. We just got back from a 1.2 mile walk/jog and she's not sacked out but is happily playing with her toys. She's also getting fast. When she runs, it seems to be a pretty good 8 minute mile rate. Obviously she can't run a whole mile yet, but she did run most of the final quarter mile in our walk today. Fortunately, my parents are driving to visit at the end of July and have agreed to toss my bike in the car - I think I'll need it!
On the training front, yesterday she went a whole day without any accidents in the house. Twice now she's also stopped what she's doing and asked to be let out, so she's really starting to figure this thing out. We're still conditioning kennel up, come, no, down, and go potty. We've had to start adding some negative consequences to "no," since she's been getting pretty mouthy and we want to nip that in the bud. She's much better in the car this week as well. I've been trying to take her for a car ride most days. Some days to something fun like the lake for her to run around at and some days just me running errands while she stays in the car. She very rarely cries anymore, and then only for 30 seconds or so.
I've also found a store that sells pigeons, so in a few weeks I can pick up a few and start bird introduction.
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