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Notes from week 17:

  • Surgery recovery
    • see notes from week 15 week 16 and our special blog post about his ER visit and surgery for details
    • staples were removed mid-way during this week!
    • permission to start easing back into normal puppy stuff
    • no play dates this week with other puppies just yet as we ease back into energetic puppy activity
  • Continue housetraining
  • Continue training for meals
    • continue with everything we've been doing so far
    • building duration on things like Eye Contact and Kennel Up/Crate Training
    • have NOT been working on Come during his recovery since we want a fast response and we are trying to discourage running for now!
  • Creative ways to burn energy when you can't run, jump or play!
    • Continuing with all the activities mentioned in the week 16 post
    • Walks are still exploratory and not meant to cover any large distances
  • Muzzle training, continued
    • Working on duration of holding nose in muzzle
    • Due to yummy rewards, he enthusiastically sticks his nose in the muzzle immediately when I hold it at nose level!
  • Field trips
    • trips only the latter part of this week after staples are out and able to resume normal activities
    • outdoor shopping center
      • dog friendly – many of the stores allow dogs inside
      • met lots of people who wanted to say hello
        • was polite mostly and kept all four feet on the ground
        • did pee a bit at first in his excitement
        • did not use treats for greetings since the interaction is what he loves most
      • went in one store
        • worked on walking nicely down the narrow aisles
        • worked on NOT pulling things off the shelves
        • worked on sitting politely in once place while I looked at a few things
    • local park
      • fountain area got him super excited, worked on calming down and listening when super excited
      • soccer fields, kids playing frisbee on the field really peaked his interest so we sat and watched for a while
      • saw people overhead on the zip line
      • saw a few other dogs he really wanted to go see, but we do NOT interact with dogs we do not know
      • playground, he loves to watch the young kids and wants so much to play with them!
      • lots of greetings with adults, no kids petted him this time around
      • not great at focusing or checking in on me yet in this environment
        • still working on letting him acclimate to all these new and different things
        • require some checking in, but not a lot just yet
        • when we find a quiet spot, then we work more on checking in and listening to me

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