Well technically he is 18 weeks old tomorrow (how is he already 4 1/2 months old) but as of today he is still 17 weeks, and I’m writing about this week, so the post title still works 🙄
This past week has been brutally cold…like -40 without wind cold some days, and since Kane barely likes -10 we have done no outside activities. He runs out, goes potty, and races in as fast as his cold feet will get him back inside. It has led to him being a little less sleepy and a little more crazy in the house. But that’s okay, I feel his pain. I’m going stir crazy too.
Because it was so cold we worked on our training and this week in puppy classes we moved to the next step of “leave it” and he caught on first try and nailed it each time since. No matter how much more we have challenged him. We haven’t practiced loose leash walking either, but he was a rock star at that in class too. He even got compliments from the trainer on how well he was doing. He is very eager to please, and crazy food motivated, so it makes it much easier to train.
To try to help him with some of his excess energy, and boredom, we also started some treadmill training. The first step is supposed to be just stepping onto the treadmill, but the first time I had him walking on it at a slow speed. The second night he wasn’t as focused on what he was doing, so didn’t walk on it as well, but would still get on, take a few steps, let himself slide off the back and then go again. So we will continue working with him on that. It’s not as nice as getting out for a walk with him, but it will definitely help when he is full of energy and it’s too cold to burn it off.
He is about 44lbs (I picked him up and weighed us together, but he was a little squirmy, so that’s just an estimated weight) and is almost as tall as Rosco. It’s crazy how fast he is growing. We have a group chat with his siblings and it’s amazing to hear about all the similarities between the litter mates. Genetics definitely play a big role in their personalities.
He definitely has more energy than our Bordeaux’s did, but we are really enjoying him.
Time is flying by…how is he almost 4 months old already?
We went to our first puppy class on Wednesday. He was a little nervous at first but it didn’t take him long to come out of his shell and show off his smarts. There were some things that covid19 affected and some things that were the same as last time I did puppy classes. The one thing that covid19 affected is the puppy free time at the beginning of class. At every other class I have attended the puppies got a bit of free time before class to play and socialize on their own. I loved that aspect because they got to play with other dogs their own age(ish) in a controlled environment. But because there are so many strict rules with covid19 we aren’t allowed to pet each other’s dogs or come within 6 feet of each other, and of course hand sanitizer and masks are mandatory. Kane was eager to meet the other puppies and spent a bit of time crying to let me know that he was disappointed with my “rule” that didn’t let him go play and meet the other puppies…if only he knew how disappointed I was as well.
Covid19 rules and limitations aside the class was a huge success. I learned a few new things to help him build confidence and I also think training in different environments with distractions is so important to having a well rounded dog. This class is focused on positive reinforcement and encourages clicker training. There were a few people that chose not to use a clicker, but the majority of us did. The other thing I like is that the trainer still took time to work with all of our dogs so that they experienced different trainers and realized they have to behave and follow commands from other people.
We came home with “homework” which we have been doing numerous times throughout the day. He catches on to things really quickly. So I’m anxious to see how he does this week.
The weekend was bitterly cold (-30 Saturday and -44 Sunday), there wasn’t much wind, but both dogs weren’t interested in walks…And neither was I. So we enjoyed some cuddle and couch time and worked on our homework. I was looking forward to working on leash walks, but I guess we will have to do those this week when it warms up a bit. I also missed his weekly picture to track his growth, but we can try and get one this week I guess.