Advocate for your puppy. Because if not you, then who?
Olaf was a gem at the vet today. He waited oh so patiently - exploring the table but then laying down calmly as we waited for the vet to come in.
But then the vet came in, and I failed Olaf. I knew there was a risk with this vet so I don’t know if I wanted to see how things went, or I’m just conflict averse, or
Guess who went on a field trip to Home Depot yesterday! Little O!
And I was so proud of him as he showed confidence and enthusiasm about all the new sights and sounds, and not a single hesitation. I carried him around as I find that is a nice way to introduce a puppy to an environment without overwhelming them. (I could do a whole post on this as my views have changed!). As I walked in I received comments about his tail going a million miles a minute as he was tucked under my arm.
We walked around to the fasteners and he helped
Rooney’s alerting accuracy continues to be astounding!
Rooney’s person, Curtis, is still keeping track of every one of Rooney’s alerts, false alerts, and missed alerts in a google sheet that I can check. This is a part of the transition training process I require to ensure the dogs are adapting to their new home and alerting as accurately as possible and on the right track. I check this google sheet obsessively - significantly more than I check Instagram or my emails to be honest… But this dog STILL has yet to give an incorrect alert or miss an alert - which is absolutely crazy given
Olaf is 12 weeks old!
Some things he’s been learning: sit, down, touch, spin, luring, Olaf, come, sitting before I open his kennel, sleeping in the kennel in a different room from me, and relaxing on his back in preparation for grooming.
Some things I’ve learned about Olaf: he already likes swimming (as of yesterday!), he’s quite independent for a spaniel, he will cross the road