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So cute! Seeing Bagheera makes me miss my tiny puppy! I discovered the same thing with Piper in the car actually! She likes to be right next to me in the car also, and pushed my car into neutral haha. She doesn't realize why she can't always be a lapdog
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13 weeks today!

Another week has passed, another week filled with growth and new experiences. I am so proud of this little guy. He keeps amazing me with the decisions he makes. Most of them are good, and correct, but he is a puppy and some are not so good. Nipping at my son can be too much, especially when he's just emerged from the shower and dangly bits are displayed! Overall though, this dog is simply low-energy. Calm, even. He certainly hasn't found his passion in life. When we brought Fenris home we had a stick-retrieving maniac of a yellow Lab as our current dog. Fenris adopted that devotion quickly. By age 6 months or so he could also out-hustle the yellow Lab and get to the stick first. From then on, two sticks had to be thrown, and often, Fenris was so fast, so fanatic, that he'd end up getting both.

Highlights from this past week:

His first visit to the dog park. Not really a dog park, just a place people take their dogs for some off-leash strolling. He did great! Didn't hurt that this was Sunday morning, and the park was filled with Labs and Goldens.

He fetched a stick on a hike yesterday. Pretty good for him. He's such a character.

He retrieved a grasshopper. You shoulda seen how proud he was, trotting towards me with prize in mouth. Such a soft mouth too, the grasshopper was unharmed - but no way was it going to escape! We tried rescuing it but he kept grabbing it off the ground. Eventually we gave up. Not sure whether he ate it or released it.

We got him one of those doggy puzzle box things. He took to it immediately. Has the general idea figured out but still lacks perfect execution. He does love it though!

He has progressed form merely poking his head into the shower to full-on climbing in with me. Silly pup!


Here he is, doing that stick-fetch thing!
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Well,it's week 14.

Puppy is doing great. Almost went swimming for a stick yesterday but he lacked the confidence in his ability. I encouraged but didn't push him to do it. It will come. The genes are strong. He loves to "go for a ride" and even seems perkier for walks now. We still have an issue with him and my son and nipping, so he's no angel. No puppy is. My son adores him though. We will work it out.

Here he is with my son on a hike at the off leash park. Bagheera is ensuring the off-leash part.
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Love that face. I always melt when I see pictures of a boy and his dog. Both are precious.


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Well,it's week 14.

Puppy is doing great. Almost went swimming for a stick yesterday but he lacked the confidence in his ability. I encouraged but didn't push him to do it. It will come. The genes are strong. He loves to "go for a ride" and even seems perkier for walks now. We still have an issue with him and my son and nipping, so he's no angel. No puppy is. My son adores him though. We will work it out.

Here he is with my son on a hike at the off leash park. Bagheera is ensuring the off-leash part.
What a beautiful picture of your son and Bagheera, both are just precious!
Have you thought about using a life jacket while he is swimming?
We used them for Tucker and Tonka, until we were confident they were really good swimmers.

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What a beautiful picture of your son and Bagheera, both are just precious!
Have you thought about using a life jacket while he is swimming?
We used them for Tucker and Tonka, until we were confident they were really good swimmers.
I don't think he'll need one, not in the initial places he's been introduced to. So far he's only had access to a shallow stream and a pond. It'll be quite a while before he goes anywhere near a river. I'm in no real hurry. When he decides its time to swim, he will.
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I don't think he'll need one, not in the initial places he's been introduced to. So far he's only had access to a shallow stream and a pond. It'll be quite a while before he goes anywhere near a river. I'm in no real hurry. When he decides its time to swim, he will.
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We have reached 15 weeks! Bagheera has now spent more time with us than his mother and littermates. He's a happy, smart, generally calm puppy. I get compliments all the time on how well-behaved he is. Slow, steady progress, a soft hand that's always got a treat in it, and loving welcoming arms are the tools I have used to get this far. I will keep using them. How much is training and how much is his genetic makeup? I never discount the value of genes. He's a "mutt" but a deliberately bred mutt bringing together two wonderful purebred breeds. I give a ton of credit to his physical makeup for his personality.

Highlights from the past week:

Had a tick. Tick was removed. Still waiting for the first hard freeze here.

Went to his first ever house party. Not really dog people but they said well-mannered pets were welcome, so I took him. He was awesome, such a little gentleman. I kept him leashed but didn't really need to. He stayed nearby. His only violation was chewing through the leash! I've had that leash for 20+ years. All it took was a few moments distraction and sharp puppy teeth did the rest.

He ate pumpkin seeds. We carved pumpkins last night and those were too hard for him to resist. Not sure how many he ate. I don't expect them to get digested though, unless his stomach acid can do a number on them. He swallows them.

He's finally able to get in the car without assistance. He also pretty much stays where he is told to stay in the car, although this morning he got frightened of something, and suddenly the passenger seat freaked him out. He ended up on my lap. He's starting to show a few signs of fear, coinciding with the close of the socialization period. At the house party he was freaked out by their door mat and refused to walk on it. Funny how they perceive the world at times!

I never taught him this but he goes to the door when he needs to go potty. If nobody sees him, he barks! Is that not a smart guy, figuring it all out on his own? He's not 100% potty trained, more like 95% but at 15 weeks I can't complain. His recall is amazing for his age. At the dog park I visited yesterday he came running when he was over a hundred feet away. I think he thought I had abandoned him, and was relieved to hear my voice, but still. He CAME when called, at the dog park, with 20-30 dogs all around him.


Here he is, showing why squirt guns are NOT effective dog deterrents, at least not for Golden-Lab pups!
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