Many of you have recently commented on how big Luke is getting, and he sure is growing up fast. He turned 7 months old last week. We don’t know his exact weight until our next vet visit (tomorrow) because he’s gotten over 50 pounds and too big to pick up to weigh at home anymore! I told you that he recently graduated from Basic Obedience class, and we’re so proud of him! Our friend Jenna at Love is Being Owned by a Husky sent Luke this great card:
Luke was the youngest in his class, which surprised us, but he still did very well. Not the best or anything, but very well. We need to work more with him at home, but he has the commands sit and lay down perfected. He is making great progress with stand, come, stay, and leave it. My hubby and I were supposed to walk with him together so he could show me how to work with him on heel and the other walking commands. Now that school is over we need to just set a time to do that. I work with him daily on the basics when we are just doing our normal routines, but we need to spend a little more structured time. Luke did better at school where things were structured, but he gets a little more distracted at home.
My hubby plans to take him to Obedience Level 2, though we’re not signed up yet. After that, we are hoping to try some agility. He loves the tunnel we got him, and he just loves to jump over and onto things (he often jumps right over his sister Sheba’s back, when she’s standing). We hope to take him swimming soon too, and maybe see if there could be any interest in dock diving down the road. Our Lab mix Maggie would have been great at that, and I wish we had tried it with Sheba.
We feel pretty confident now (knock wood) that Luke is 100% housebroken and today for the first time we let him have the run of the house with his sisters, instead of being confined to the large mud room. He’s had some very short times where we allowed it but this was the first time when I was at work for 6 hours. Do you think that was wise, considering the following things?
The above was some of his handiwork in the mud room. But we’re hoping he was just bored being alone and that he won’t do this to other furniture in the house (these are old pieces of furniture that we knew he might chew on when we left them in the room). But there was this too, which is the dog’s couch in the office where they hang out the most:
He did that when I was home, upstairs taking a shower! He doesn’t confine his mischief to the indoors though, here’s some of his outdoor projects:
Does anyone else have a dog who strips bark off of trees? Again, these trees are kind of half dead anyway, so we’re not overly upset about this.
This is what he did to the screens on our sliding doors to the deck. I apologize that the photos aren’t better, it was really hard to capture with all the reflections out there. Now, in Luke’s defense, these screens already had some holes in them, or were coming out in places. He just “improved upon” the damage that was already there. He probably actually did us a favor, because now my hubby is forced to finally fix them! Now, please don’t think that we leave the dogs outside for hours on end unsupervised. He does these kinds of things in mere minutes!
He tends to get obsessed with certain things….like the pool plug I told you about recently….or the toilet paper…..but once you take them away from him he seems to forget. We finally outsmarted him on the pool plug and he seems to have forgotten about it.
He really does seem very smart. We have several exits to our house, and the dog yard wraps around it. No matter where we go out, he knows what part of the yard we’re going to show up in next, or where we’ve gone in the house and what room to find us in. He quickly learned from his sister Cricket how to go in and out of the screened porch on his own. He knows, if we don’t show up right away to let him in the slider, that he can go down the deck and around the house and come in through the porch.
So by now, you probably think we’re crazy letting him have the run of the house. But Day 1 went quite well! He didn’t get into anything (at least not that I found). I am not foolish enough to think that it couldn’t still happen, so we won’t take down the gate or put the mud room back to it’s pre-puppy arrangement just yet. At least we feel optimistic that he is growing up. As much as I love puppies….who doesn’t….I think older dogs are just the best. Luke is looking like he is going to grow up to be a great one!