I joined the forum just over 24 hours ago & have attempted to put up a photo of my soon-to-be sixteen weeks old puppy Loki, but haven't been able to do so. I finally worked out that my photo was too large to attach to my message, so my husband has downsized it for me, & am going to attempt to attach it to this message. Fingers crossed.
Wow .....it worked! So here is my lovely GR puppy Loki at the age of almost 14 weeks, photo taken a couple of weeks ago ....he is bigger now. He weighed 15.4kilos at 13 weeks old when he had his last vaccination. Heavier now, but he hasn't been weighed since then. Loki was out of a litter of five boys & he was the biggest in the litter. He is quite a character ....tends to try & dominate my 6 year old papillon, but only when I am in the room, so I am guessing it comes down to the green-eyed monster of jealously ....he will plop himself down onto my feet the moment little Jontay comes over to me. Apart from that, we don't have too many issues, & those we have, we are working hard to eradicate & he is responding well. Mouthing & nipping are now getting well controlled & jumping is mostly manageable. We are now even able to eat our dinner when he is in the room with us. He sleeps between 6.5 and 7 hours straight through the night, has never once pooped in the house since we brought him home at 7 weeks old, has been fully toilet trained since he was nine weeks old, & is training well to all the basic commands ....sit, down, stay, leave it, touch, & shake. He is now learning to retrieve a ball or stick when thrown & he is told to fetch it & bring it back. He has the fetch it down well now, but we are still working on the bring it back lol ... sometimes he will bring it back, but will hang on to it, but other times he will dash off madly with it. Occasionally he will actually bring it back & drop it in front of me, so I am hopeful it won't take long. He is smart young chap. And I think he is very handsome. He loves his twice daily walks, & always draws attention. He is great meeting up with new people ...doesn't jump up on them. He tends to sit on their feet, enjoying the fuss they are making of him. And he is great meeting up with new dogs too. No barking at them. I am thinking that maybe he might make a good therapy dog & we could begin visiting elderly people in our local residential care facility, when he is a bit older & has a bit more training behind him. I think there must be many elderly people in these places, who have had to give up a beloved pet when they could no longer live in their own home, so they might enjoy a visit from Loki. As a nurse, I know that petting a dog/cat is a great stress reliever for humans. Does anyone else do this sort of thing with their GR? If so, what age should he be before we began that, & is there special training I should be thinking of doing with him? Well enough of me going on .....I just wanted to introduce you all to my beautiful baby.