Hi everyone! I have been a little tardy in posting, but here's an update on Rikki!
She LOVES meeting new people. This makes her so happy. She's learning how to approach without jumping up, but if she is sitting and on a leash, she gets so excited as someone approaches and she can't handle it! Overall she seems to be a very balanced puppy, which is the other trait that we were looking for. Seeing her interact with all but 1 of her litter mates (who had already gone home) was so helpful and really let us see where she fell on the spectrum of curiosity/assertiveness/independence, and we love her!
These first couple of weeks have gone great, with lots of tiring her out and then working on some training. She is eager to learn and quite food motivated so training is fun. The one battle I have not won yet is having her be OK with being in a run (~32"x6') at work (vet clinic) without screaming. I think the fact that she can hear everything going on but cannot participate just triggers her anxiety and she doesn't want to be left alone. I recently started leaving her kennel in the car instead, and she does very well with that arrangement. She will play with her toys and nap, and the kennel itself she doesn't have a problem with. The lack of noise to overhear out there eliminates the feeling that she's missing out on the action.
Environmental socialization is a huge priority for me with a puppy, so we've had to be creative with where she gets to explore until she is fully vaccinated while also trying to expose her to as much as possible.
I am 28 and she is my first dog. Having waited so long, I really had the time to do a huge amount of research on dog breeds, personalities, puppy raising, training, etc. (working at a vet gives you a great opportunity to know what and what NOT to look for!) So far, she has been a wonderful addition, and I am so excited to see who she'll be when she grows up!
Oh! A couple of these pictures are from when Rikki got to go play with Frankie! They were BFFs in about 30 seconds.
If any of y'all have instagram and don't already follow her, it's @hey.rikki