I think Ruby was a pretty easy pup compared to some, but she was definitely difficult. She's 7 months now.
-- I fell in love with her right away but my husband didn't. This caused some arguments between us because I would defend Ruby when he was mad with her/regretting the decision to get a puppy. He fell in love with her after a few weeks and now I say he cuddles her more than me. :
-- Those first few weeks we couldn't do anything at all. We couldn't even sit on the couch and watch a movie, because if we weren't playing with her or supervising her she'd get into trouble.
-- At first, when we left her in the crate while we were at work, she'd be yelling when we left. And when the husband came home for lunch she'd still be yelling, and then again when I came home in the afternoon for good I could hear her as I walked up the drive. It was so stressful knowing she was upset and likely yelping the entire time we were gone. She outgrew this within a week and thankfully I work from home now so she is rarely crated during the day.
-- If we go out with friends during dinner time, we won't leave her for more than 2 hours or so. If we do leave her longer in the late afternoon/evening, we pay for it when we get home. She bounces off the walls and is sooooo excited and takes a long time to calm down. We have no problem leaving later in the evening around 8 or 9, however. This is close enough to her usual bedtime that she just sleeps and we can stay gone 5+ hours, come home take her out for a pee and she'll continue to sleep the rest of the night. We are very fortunate with this!
--Long gone are the days where we can go on a week long vacation and not worry, a LOT, about how Ruby is doing. We typically go on a yearly vacation and I had planned on having my parents watch her. Now I am not sure. I worry about her being upset... if she'll get enough exercise, if it'll be too much for my parents to handle, etc.
Overall we have a really well behaved girl and I wouldn't trade her for the world. She's the sweetest dog I have ever met and gives us so much joy!