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Puppy Presto Update!
I thought it was time for an update on my yellow Lab pup, Presto. I don't remember when I last updated...when Presto turned about 11 weeks, I was on a short puppy hike with him and tripped over a log, landing on a boulder, and really messing up my leg. It took about six weeks to be able to sleep normally and really get back to normal life. So, all of my energy went into the puppy. Nice to have everything back to normal!
Presto came potty-trained, pretty much. I think he had three accidents total in the beginning as we were both figuring things out. He slept through the night all but the first night where he got up at 3:30am (to be fair, it was 6:30am his time, and that's breakfast time). Crate training was a breeze, in the car and house, but he still pitches a fit if he is crated when I am working my other dog. I can avoid it by putting him in the car or training outside and crating him inside. He's getting better. Normal puppy nipping but is getting it. House is pretty puppy-proofed, so no issues, and if he does get contraband, he brings it to me to trade for a cookie most of the time. Everyone is getting along, even the cat! Eating, health, etc. is great. He was 33.5 lbs at his 16 week weigh-in so I think he's going to be on the smaller side of the standard, which I am very happy about! His fangs are still in and he is 19 weeks and his testicles have not descended yet. They think it's a freak thing because it's not in either of the lines. There were three puppies in the litter that had none or one testicle descended at the 8-week mark. The two puppies deemed the best for competitive dog sports had none. I knew this before getting him and was offered a "lesser" puppy, but talked to the breeder, vets, etc. and, though it's not a perfect scenario, decided to go ahead with getting the pup that was picked for me. I'll be talking to a repro vet about risks, etc., if they are not down by 9 months.
Two things I did differently this time around was that I worked from home for two weeks straight and left the door open for him to come and go on his own. He had the part down where he knew he needed to go in a certain spot, but didn't have the waiting part. Around 10 weeks or so, I started shutting the door for him to wait and also that's when he started to get more destructive, so needed more supervision outside. He was already good about doing his business as soon as he went outside. Gotta love a great breeder that does the work for you! : ) We got out a lot so no issues going potty while on leash or first thing when he has the chance or on cue. The other thing I did different was I put a bully stick in his sleeping crate. He would use it to self-soothe both at night and in the morning if he got up early. He came with a bladder of steel and sometimes he got up and was bored, would chew, and then sleep a little longer. He never whined, I'd just hear him chewing.
He's been to obedience matches, agility matches, etc. and goes to class twice a week plus twice a week training nights. He goes to my lessons and is working on all the things. He tracked a dead bird and retrieved it. He does his contacts. He knows scent articles. He's smart! He's quick! And, he's a little spazz sometimes. : ) He also retrieves bumpers in the water and is already obsessed. I think he'll be a good dock-diver. Here are some photos of our adventures.