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Sveta started sleeping through the night fairly early on, at around 11 weeks. So I guess I shouldn't be complaining too much. But she wakes up at the crack of dawn every day, without fail. We basically don't set alarms anymore because she just KNOWS the sun is rising, whether it's rainy, cloudy, or sunny.
So when she finally slept in until 8:00 AM, giving me my first opportunity to sleep in since August, I just about cried with joy. Of course she woke up at 6:45 sharp today again, but I'm taking it as a sign of progress.
Otherwise, since people have been asking for updates, things with Sveta have been going very well. She now loves the car, and tries to jump in when she wants to go for a ride. Her training is going very well, she learns very quickly and remembers well. We've been teaching her to pick up things and bring them to us, so she can perform some service tasks for relatives. She already can go bring us a ball to play with, or bring us shoes when we ask for them.
She recently went through a few days of hating her crate, and would literally cry for over an hour whenever we put her in it. There was a day or two of no naps, and her stealing a sip of my coffee certainly didn't help. But with the weather cooling off, she's back to her normal snoozy self (She's napping at my feet as I type this).
She's been having an issue lately where she gets startled by certain cars passing by, and will start jumping and lunging at them from the leash. Clearly a dangerous behavior, and we've been trying to curb it by praising her before the car gets close and keeping her calm while it passes. It kind of works, but it's hard to predict when she's going to do this because it's only with about 10% or less of cars. So far I've figured it's worse in the morning and with loud cars. I'd welcome any advice for dealing with this behavior.
We've also recently discovered the joy of having long-lasting treats. Giving her a raw, split marrow bone or a bully stick is just about the only way I can get anything done sometimes. It's also the only thing that will motivate her to sit still when being blow dryed lol.
Anyhow, that's it for now! Like any pup, she's got good days and bad days, and some days where I'm literally crying because I want to sleep in but I can't. But it's so, so worth it. And when she's being a brat I just have to remember the time she saved our lives, or how sweet it is when she sleep-grumbles, or how happy she is whenever she meets a new friend. And then it's impossible to be frustrated.
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