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A grooming table!!!!!!!!!
I like to take puppies to the kids' park, where they have lots of cool equipment to climb on. A lot of ours around here have "wobble tables", and of course there is mulch (yum!), pea gravel, often sand, and lots of neat equipment to climb on.
You probably already know this, but just in case....right around 16 weeks old there is a "fearful period". Even the best adjusted dogs will sometimes show signs of being afraid of things that never bothered them before. Just be aware of it, and back off on introducing new things for a couple of weeks at that time. If you do see him show caution or fear around that time, just be very matter-of-fact about whatever is spooking him, and he will quickly get over it. It lasts just a couple of weeks usually.
The theory, which makes sense to me, is that that's about the age that momma dog will typically let them out a lot on their own (often kicking them out, in fact) and that's nature's way of protecting them. They are suddenly leary of new experiences, which keeps them from boldly getting into situations they cannot handle.
CH Rosewood Little Giant, VCD2 UDX VER RA MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP TD DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)
waiting at the bridge:
My first dog, and my most special girl
Gibson's Golden Girl, CD, CGC, TDI ( 3-20-1997 - 11-22-2013) a.k.a. "Tiny", "Queen B"
and my heart dog
Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"