A few weeks ago Cinder discovered jumping. On one hand that's cool and exciting to see her be able to jump and see how much she seems to like it. On the other hand, bad things happen to pups that jump too much when they're too young and 10-13 weeks is too young. However wrangling Cinder and keeping her from jumping is proving quite challenging as she finds new things and ways from which to jump.
Otherwise, Cinder's already grown so big that staying in the front seat is about over for her and the back seat is the best place. Traveling is coming along well and Cinder's starting to become comfortable with it so that she also lays down and sleeps.
Cinder's been learning to walk on a leash and a long rope for our barn treks. She's done quite well so far and I'm very proud of her progress. She's honing her "sit" beside me pretty well. Her other tricks are all the same with the addition of this week's new trick: "shut door." Cinder learned on her own how to push the back door open to come in, but I decided she needs to know how to shut it again too. So far, she's been doing very well at it and today, she began shutting the internal garage door after Brian went out and didn't close it behind him. For her learning fun, I'm going to make a miniaturized "teeter-totter" using a piece of 4" PVC on the ground and a plywood board about 4' long. The elevation will be minimal but enough to give her the sense of walking on something that moves. I didn't do that with Gilley and eight years later, he still hates doing the teeter-totter in agility so Cinder's going to have some playtime equipment that leads to bigger things later.
Luckily those were six year old, very worn out old house shoes instead of my more expensive shoes!
Cinder's full of life and she is definitely keeping us busy trying to keep her busy with the right amount of learning, play and undivided attention. It's a challenge to find balance, but we're getting there. She's sleeping about 6-8 hours at night now so we are back to a reasonable sleep schedule. The rest of the time, she's awake and on the move or can be found snuggling with Gilley or Buzz during quiet times they inspire.
The dynamics of the pack are definitely different now that Cinder's been here about six weeks. Both older boys now engage in play with her regularly, often initiating it with her. For Buzz, that's a major shift in his life because until Cinder, he NEVER engaged in any real play with Gilley. Seeing both the older boys engage in and initiating play is great fun-not to mention, a great break for me!
Cinder is awake and beckoning to be released from her crate so time to wind this up! Once again, this brings you up to speed on things so far in the adventures of raising Cinder.