It’s so fun to watch the dogs play with each other. Their behavior is so fascinating. When Helo was a small puppy, he used to walk under Sam and Motley (Sam is pretty short). Now he’s too tall to do this, but still manages to go underneath Motley (lifting part of her body when he does). He can’t go under Sammy anymore, but doesn’t mind jumping over her.
I can’t wait to see them play when Helo is fully grown. He’s not going to be able to go under Motley anymore, and it’s going to be hilarious to see he and Sam play together. Sam is the boss, the alpha of the pack. She corrects him when he gets to be too much for her, and he always backs off. But one day he’s going to be so much bigger than Sam, that it makes me wonder if the tables will turn.
Not much happened today. The dogs were pretty bored. It was kind of nice outside, but we didn’t play in the backyard. Sam, Motley, and Helo wrestled in the living room — Helo likes to sink his teeth into Motley’s thick coat, and pull her around because she lets him get away with it. They accompanied me on a couple of car rides, but spent most of the day inside.
I am so amazed that in the two weeks that we’ve had Helo, he has not had a single accident in the house. I am incredibly proud of him! He is continuing to practice sitting on command, coming when called, and staying until released. He is such a fantastic puppy! I swear I am so lucky to have three of the greatest dogs ever!
The crating is getting a lot better. I definitely have to thank a few people here on Tumblr for giving me advice on crate games and other methods I hadn’t heard of before. I have yet to try these techniques, but I’ll definitely let you know how it goes when I do! After watching some YouTube videos on crate games, I might end up practicing it with all three of my dogs as a way of building focus and confidence. I believe that any kind of training is a good way to improve the bond between pet and owner.
In just a couple of weeks Helo will receive his second set of DHPP and his first rabies vaccine, and then we’ll be able to start going for walks around the neighborhood. I’m eager to get him registered for the dog park. Apparently a friend of mine at the dog park has added a fourth weinie to her pack! She now has Chester, Yoshi, Peanut, and Charlie!
I really hope Helo does okay at the park. I wonder if there is a certain way to introduce a puppy to the dog park. He has no idea how to play with other dogs, other than Sammy and Motley. It will be interesting to see what happens. Puppies are usually so energetic that it can be overwhelming to the other dogs. I’m a believer that dogs can handle things among themselves, and I’m sure Helo will be able to establish his place at the dog park with everyone else.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in a few weeks!