Bye Bye Puppy Fluff

Here he is, all clipped down.  He looks older now.  I need new blades for my clippers, I don’t like having to use the comb attachments to groom him.

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Starbucks anyone?

The weather is getting cooler, houses are decorated, haunted houses are open.  Did I mention it is Pumpkin Spice Latte Season (if you don’t like PSL that is fine, I happen to love it and don’t want to hear how bad it is for me)?  It is still pretty warm here in TX, not that shocking to those of us who have lived here for years.  However it is cool enough to make it nice enough to sit outside on the patio at Starbucks, which means it is time to start practicing Grimm’s under table settle.  Someday he will use these skills at restaurants, but for now he can’t stay still long enough for a full meal.

22weeks

22weeks old now.  Grimm is doing so well with his training.  We took a big step and had our first vested outing (I love him in the Goody Shack vest) at Home Depot.  Home Depot is not pet friendly here which means we have stepped up to actual PA training.  Well, baby steps anyway as Home Depot is not much different than Lowe’s.  I wanted to try it out because it is similar but also because they have a very large Halloween display and I wanted to get a chance to expose him to all of the sights and sounds before they were gone.  He did a phenomenal job.  Honestly better than I could have imagined he would.  He is still working on a flat collar and while his heel isn’t perfect he is far and away better than I would have hoped.  I think we will do Home Depot one more time before the Halloween decor comes down, but I’m excited to branch out into other types of stores as well.  Just lots of short trips for now.

Night Walks

Really just adding this picture because I love this boy so much.  He has been working so so hard on this particular skill “mat”.  Here he is waiting for his turn to eat.  He’s doing a wonderful job and is incredibly patient for a just turned 5month old puppy.  He blows me away every day.

When we are well we take things for granted.  I cannot do the things I could do even 4 or 5 years ago.  Going for a simple walk with my dog is difficult now.  However Grimm needs walks, they are important exercise, but more than that they are important for his development and training.  So late at night (around 11pm when it is cooler and dark because I am heat intolerant and photosensitive) I leash him and take him out.  We don’t walk far, sometimes just a little circle around our neighborhood, but we walk.  We work on leash manners, and distractions.   These walks are hard for me sometimes, I’m tired and my joints hurt.  But they are good for me.  I need to move and just getting out of the house is good for my mind.  We see neighbors have put up Halloween Decorations (ours went up the first of September but most people aren’t so obsessed as I am).  These don’t phase Grimm at all, but he is distracted by the barking of the neighbor’s dog or a low flying plane.  Sometimes we see rabbits or large frogs and we work around them.   He looks forward to our night walks, waits for me to put the kids to bed so we can go.  So even when it is hard I take him.  We are partners.

21weeks

Well well look who is 21weeks old.  That’s right, Grimm is officially 5months as of October 2nd.  He decided to give his big boy vest a try.  We are going to try an trip to Home Depot very soon to check out the Halloween Decorations there.

 

Grimm took another big step today, he made the trip to Lone Star Indoor Sports and Events Center (the skating rink/hockey rink where my youngest son plays roller derby).  This was his first ever derby practice.  There is a lot going on, noise (there is an open hockey skate before our practice which is pretty loud, and a hockey scrimmage after which is even louder, but junior derby is loud in its own right), so many smells (derby kids stink ha ha), kids on wheels, skates and gear and other strange items tossed around the floor, kids running.  It is a lot for a puppy to take in.  Grimm did very well.  He was surprised at first and a little uncertain about the people with hockey sticks, he took it all in stride.  He was obviously distracted which is fine for his first time.  He was able to do tricks for the kids (he showed off his retrieval, sit, shake, down, and head down which was nice).  We were also able to work on some focus and desensitization around small, fast moving children.  One of the younger kids is a bit afraid of dogs, he wants to like them, but not if they sniff or lick him.  He would approach Grimm and dart away squealing as soon as Grimm moved towards him.  So I was able to work on Grimm sitting watching me while he came up behind and patted him then ran.  It went perfectly, to the point that Grimm would look at him then look to me for a treat.  I think we would have been a touch better off if he could have run a bit before our outing, unfortunately it has been rainy and the yard is muddy.  In fact we were all sitting outside talking after practice and it just started pouring suddenly, we had to run for the car.  Grimm was so tired from his excitement at the rink he slept the whole way home.  Don’t worry though, he was still able to run amok with his toys at midnight.

Science Puppy

Headed outside for a science project with the boys.  Grimm decided to tag along and help out.  Science is a lot of fun.

We also took a trip to Petsmart.  This was Grimm’s first time at a Pet store.  He has completed his puppy shots (still need to finish canine influenza) so I felt it was safe to make the trip.  Pet stores are pretty chaotic, particularly Petsmart being so large and having a boarding facility, groomer, and training classes inside.  Overall Grimm did great.  Lots of small dogs barking at him, he did some excited whining but nothing big.  He was a little distracted but overall he walked nicely and was able to refocus.  He showed no interest in the small animals in the cages, perhaps because they are in cages.  According to the scale he is now 30.2lbs, we’ll see if the scale at the vet’s office agrees.

 

Since he was such a good boy we picked up a new toy (a fuzzy candy corn, think we’ll get the matching pumpkin next time) and some new training treats.  We decided to give Pet Botanics Minis in Bacon flavor a try.  I like small treats, easier for me than having to break things up.

What color am I?

We were having an interesting conversation in a poodle group about poodle colors.  I hadn’t really given much thought to Grimm’s color, he’s a black poodle after all.

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wee puppy picture I have of Grimm from his breeder.  All black right?

 

From the first shave he has had this silver on his face.  It is inching further up his snout now.  He has two white toes and a reddish tint in the sun (that wasn’t there as a younger puppy).  So, what color is he?  We don’t know yet.  Maybe silver or blue.  I guess we’ll know better when he is mature.   While out with him today someone asked me if he was a blue.  He is definitely changing colors.

Brag on Puppy Boy

Last night we made another trip to Lowe’s for some training.  Grimm is doing so well with his basics and even some beginning task work.  Obviously he is still a puppy, I don’t expect anything close to perfect.  I expect puppy behavior, and goofy.  I’ve been very impressed with how well he is taking to riding in the car, he now loads up when asked and rides in the back with me.  Hoping he will learn to either ride in the floorboards with me or on the back seat politely with a little more time.

Today we worked on walking politely on a loose leash.  He is doing so much better not forging ahead when excited in the store.  He still gets excited seeing people, but that is ok.  No fear of the big Halloween displays, not even the talking zombies or skeletons.  We took a tour through the kitchen department to check out the different flooring samples.  I even sat down on the polished concrete and let Grimm try out some tasking, he did excellent with paw disruptions and laid in my lap when asked (though was unable to stay still for long, we’ll work on duration in new situations, he is 4months old after all).  Then back to find Tim and he was able to locate Tim though we have not worked on it and sit in front of him which is nice.  He was also able to retrieve small PVC connectors (huge deal here, retrieval has been difficult and he has only retrieved a pill bottle and his leash at home) and his leash when I “dropped” it.  Really super work.  He did forge ahead as we were leaving.  Not a big deal, we worked for quite a while and we will get it.