Sunday, June 01, 2008


Good morning!

The next few days, at least, are probably going to be primarily about Harley and me.  And our getting to know each other.  But I'm so excited to have him, I just can't seem to stop talking about him.  He's going to be the Sweetest little baby.

The training has begun.  And right now Harley is in his crate crying.  And it's killing me.  I know I have to teach him that whining doesn't equate to me going in there, but it's really hard.  He's so little!  I just want to hold him and cuddle him and let him know it's alright.  But I know in the long run this is best for both of us.  I don't want a yappy barking dog.  I want a friendly, cuddly little boy.  So the home training, and public socializing is a must.

On the socializing front, while we were at Petco yesterday he got handed allot.  And he got his first pedicure too.  I let anyone who wanted to hold him, hold him.  And anyone who wanted to pet him got to pet him.  I don't know for sure if this is the right way to socialize him.  But it's what I'm going to do.  I read on a breeders website that she made sure her Chihuahua was around a wide variety of people and animals early in her development, and she has no problems when anyone comes around her now.  (She said she did that in case she decided to make her a show dog).  That's what I want.  The friendly puppy, not the show dog.  I don't want Harley to be territorial of me.  I want him to except anyone I except.

Last night before bed I gave him one of my old beanie babies to play with.  (Just temporarily. I know it's not the best toy for him)  And it's probably one and a half times his size.  He grabbed ahold of it's neck bow and started pulling.  Next thing I knew he had flipped both of them out of his bed and onto me bed.  It was the most precious tug-of-war.  And the toy almost won.  He beat it down in the end though.  I can see now that I'm going to have to keep my camera handy and catch as much of this fun and funny stuff as I can.  And share it with anyone who interested.

I'm off to make myself some breakfast, and then do a bit of housework before I take him out of his crate.

Have a great Sunday and Happy Knitting!


1 comment:

Lil Knitter said...

It is hard to not grab them up when they're doing the right thing. I think letting everyone hold him is a good idea too. Chihuahuas need all that socializing or they will be nasty little yappy creatures.
You're on the right track.