Whew, big day for Grimm. He made his first trip to Lowe’s today. Luckily Grimm came home from his breeder already house trained so we’ve been able to focus mostly on basic obedience. He has been picking up his training very quickly and he is a very polite and eager to please little guy. With most of his shots now completed I want to take advantage of his easy going temperament to work on socialization and training outings in pet friendly locations.
Nothing too big or stressful. We are also still working on getting him used to riding in the car and liking it. Which is going very well now. So a nice walk around Lowe’s with a few stops to do some basic obedience work and then exit before he become overwhelmed is right where we need to be. He did phenomenal. He isn’t walking in perfect heel or doing anything super fancy but he was happy, bright, and able to follow commands. Just what I wanted to see. I hope to continue to move forward at his pace.
It is important to experience new people and dogs. Luckily our friends Alexandria and her wonderful Service Dog Trophy were able to come by and visit us on 8-15. We had a super fun visit, even though half the pack is pretty nutty. Blue enjoyed the visit, she has really started loving new people and even new dogs as she has gotten older. Grimm was sad he couldn’t accompany us all out for dinner. Not anywhere near ready for restaurants yet little man. But he sure did enjoy chasing Trophy around the house and a quick training fun time with Alexandria. Lots of good times for the Grimm. We need to plan more play dates for him to keep him sharp.
Well, after a week of settling in Grimm got his first official poodle groom. Would you look at that, he has a face. He looked like a mud monster for a while there. This is just the first of many grooms in little man’s future. Can’t say he loved it but I think he will live. He also had a trip to the vet for another round of shots (he is now almost finished with shots and his rabies is done). He weighs in at 20lbs at 14weeks. We’ll see how he grows.
After a great deal of thought, and contacting many breeders, I decided that best decision for now as to go with a well bred Standard Poodle puppy. Grimm joined our home at 13weeks old on August 5th (his birthday is May 2nd 2017). He has settled in well, even Poppy tolerates him pretty well. His father is 80lbs, but he may never be large enough to do mobility work for me. I am fine with that as he is smart and has a wonderful temperament which means he should be great for all of the other tasks I need. Right now, after everything, I need steady. Grimm is steady.
This morning we drove this girl to “doggy boot camp” also known as Board and Train with my friend’s Service Dog Program. She will be staying for a full month of confidence building, PA skills, and some task work. Stay tuned for updates and some big news on happening here.