Worth it in the End

Cloverbud on Cryptid World
Meet Cloverbud–the newest Cryptid World family member.

A couple days ago, Mel and I brought home a puppy. I have my reasons, but I’m too tired to think of them. Potty training is hard. Crate training is hard. Helping an 8 week old puppy adjust to a new environment is hard. Neither one of us have slept much, but thank you Mel for taking early morning shifts so I could get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.

I’m a firm believer cuddles are very important for a baby taken away from her momma, so we have been doing that in between potty outings. I’ll get more serious about the crate training in a couple days when we’re familiar and comfortable with each other. In my experience, early onset anxiety with puppies is long-lasting.

How does the saying go: all good things require patience and hard work, or something like that? Sleepless nights will pass, potty training will happen, and everyone will soon adjust to this new life.

Small victories…

The hard work will be worth it. In the meantime, I have about the sweetest little blue German shepherd baby that exists. Since I’m too tired to blog properly, I’ll post some more photos. Enjoy our new Cloverbud.

Do you have any tips or tricks for potty training, helping a puppy adjust, or how to make crate training easier?

5 Replies to “Worth it in the End”

  1. Congratulations, how beautiful !!!!
    The baby is really young so all I can tell you is what my son and his wife did in the same situation. They let him sleep in bed with them. He stopped crying, they got sleep, everyone happy.
    When they went out to work then he would go in his crate. A puppy can only hold its pee based upon how old they are, so if he’s in the crate you can leave him for 2 hours before he has to go to the bathroom and as he gets older he can hold it longer. So when he’s 3 months-3hours, 4 months-4 hours, 5 months-5 hours, etc.
    Don’t ever use the crate as a punishment, you want him to see it as his safe space. Leave the door open when he’s not in it so if he needs some “alone time” , he has his space.
    If you are going to let him sleep in your bed I recommend Bravecto Flea Medication, it lasts for 3 months you can get it from Chewy.com but you need a veterinarians prescription.
    Best of Luck, I hope this helped some.

  2. So cute!! So is Cloverbud a boy or girl? I’ve got no tips for crate training – ours just suddenly decided one day that he was ready (though he was a lot older than 8-weeks when we got him). Though we did figure out very quickly that a crate was much better than a pen – we were afraid he’d hurt himself, he was so determined to always get out of the pen.

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