As the puppy gets more comfortable, he gets more fiesty. He hates to be restrained! I realized today that he’s going to need work. He resents having his moutn opened and teeth handled, and screams when I touch his nails. He would be one of those dogs that is hellish to groom or take to the vet. So, we will be starting a new routine. I hold him on his back on my lap, and force him to just put up with all kinds of stuff.
His vision, I am learning, is a challenge. He will wander off toward a tree, thinking it’s me. His ears perk up when I call him, and he tries to find me. He is cheery about the whole business. Today he started wandering away in the fresh snow, and I sent Rip after him. She bounded around him in a circle and came back. He tried to follow, but when she moved out of his field of view, he began to wander again. I noticed today he was beginning to use his nose, sniffing the air in an attempt to track us. I like this and will continue to encourage this seek and find behavior. I want him to stay close.
All the activity tired him out and this evening he snuggled up to Rip. To my surprise, she endured it… For a while!