Grimm’s working set up is pretty much complete now. I’m pretty happy with how everything has come out. The harness and collar are by Purple Poodles. The pack is a Molle pouch from Amazon. “In Training” button is from Creative Clam. The Poodle key fob is from Hearts Sewn Together. The braided leather leash and training tab were made by a vendor at a local dog show (I absolutely adore them, my favorite leashes by far). I made the leather slip lead to use as a head halter and am very pleased with how it came out. The leash wrap says “Service Dog” on the reverse side. The skull patch and Molle pouch are velcro so I can switch for some of my other patches. I bought this one second hand but I think it is just a mass produced patch available at places like Hot Topic. I still need a pull strap, just haven’t decided what type would be most comfortable. I have a purple and black paracord one that I made but I don’t really like paracord. I’m leaning towards either braided leather like my leash or fleece that would match the harness.
Spring in TX means Bluebonnet pictures. Naturally Grimm came along. He tasted a few…shhh…
After pictures we stopped by Starbucks for some coffee and puppacinos for Grimm and Blue. The weather was nice so we sat on the patio instead of taking our drinks to go. Grimm is 48weeks, where did the time go?
We had a big day over the weekend. Took a trip to “Third Monday Trade Days” which is basically a big out door flea market. They are not pet friendly but have started allowing small dogs that can be carried, and obviously Service Dogs. Grimm did wonderfully ignoring all of the people (it was so crowded, super overwhelming for me), tiny dogs in strollers and carriers, and all of the food trucks and food on the ground. Eventually it got pretty warm and my hips started to hurt so we ended our outing after stopping to buy some jerky (my youngest son loves jerky).
We stopped at a QT to grab drinks. Grimm did have a bit of trouble with the direction the cold case doors open, not his fault I need to figure out how I position both of us to make that work LOL. He drank his water from a kiddie cup in the parking lot then we were off for lunch. This was only Grimm’s second time at a restaurant and the first time sitting inside (last time we sat on a semi-indoor patio, he has sat inside at Starbucks). He did so well, tucked under the table and just slept on my feet while we ate.
I know we have a long way to go with training and there will still be setbacks but I appreciate how well he is doing and the partnership we are developing. One day at a time.
Grimm is just starting to enter adolescence and he has entered a bit of a fear stage. We are spending more time “reviewing” these days. The weather also hasn’t been that great which means he has less of a chance to get his energy out in outdoor play which can make it more difficult for him to focus during training. Some things I wanted to point out in this picture series is the way Grimm is sitting/standing between my legs. I taught Grimm “through” months ago to keep him tucked out of the way in crowds. We used it a fair bit when we went “Wassailing” in Denton. The funny thing about training clever dogs is that they tend to put things together for themselves in ways you didn’t really plan. Grimm has decided that whenever we stop for more than 30seconds he should “through”, and then after a minute he sits. At first I was a bit annoyed by this turn of events (because I was not expecting it, not in control, and he is ramming his nose against my legs/butt to get there which is rude LOL). However I found that as he sits and leans against my legs he actually stabilizes me and I like it. I will have to decide if I want to “fix” this or let him continue with it as an automatic behavior.
Whew, someone has been in need of a groom for quite a while. I finally got my new grooming stuff in, and the weekend hit so I had the time. Took some photos of when he looked like after his bath and dry, the rest of the photos are his fully groomed look. We went with a pony cut this time. He looks so different with all of the floof gone. He feels like crushed velvet.