Go Home Dates: December 1, 2020 to December 1, 2020
We couldn’t be more happy with baby Leo. He is the most perfect ball of fluff/energy/personality we could have asked for and can’t wait to continue watching him grow up to be the best boy!
Leo loves meeting new dogs no matter how big or small and wants to play. Especially since we’ve allowed him interact with “stranger dogs” in our apartment complex after our last round of shots. Leo looks forward to his playdates with Blu (Tyler’s family dog, 2-year-old Border Collie/Terrier) about 5 times a week. We introduced them a couple days after he came home and they’ve been besties ever since. Both of them have tons of energy and like to wrestle each other in the backyard for hours on end. Blu sets a great example for Leo as a very smart/high energy dog with calm and polite behaviors. He has helped with training Leo on etiquette around the house and learning new tricks, because he wants to be a good boy and get treats when Blu gets treats. Even more so than dogs, Leo LOVES new people. We started from the second day introducing Leo to new people, starting with Tyler’s family so we could start working on manners and being calm. Socializing is one advantage of living in an apartment complex because every walk consists of at least 1 new friend in the low traffic areas (until he received all his shots), and now even more that we can go anywhere in the complex. The first couple weeks we also were making about 3 trips to the pet store every week to get more supplies to keep this ball of energy entertained (the toy box is not lacking in options).
Tyler and I collectively have 3-4 training sessions per day using the clicker. Once in the morning after we wake up and go potty outside, once mid-day before we eat lunch, and 1-2 times after work depending on our activities planned. Leo has mastered sit, down, stay, drop it, fetch, and spin (in that order). ‘Sit’ is a way of life for Leo that we have embedded it since day 1 to promote calm/polite behavior. He knows ‘sit’ before he gets food (not until we set it completely down), before he comes inside for a walk, before he gets picked up in our lap (jumping won’t work), before he gets let out of the crate (whining will not get you anywhere), and before getting into the car. We’ve been lucky that potty training has been a breeze (we use bells on the door). He’s such a good boy and was ringing them day 2 at home which we couldn’t believe. We also made sure to take him out every ~30min, after each (nap/play session/etc.), or whenever he rang the bells. Crate training has probably been the most difficult thing for us so far. Even though we were prepared for no sleep during his first nights alone in the crate, we were still surprised by the volume/pitch coming from this little body (thankfully we have understanding neighbors). It took him 4 nights for the screaming to stop, and now he only (mostly) whines whenever he needs to potty during the night. There have only been a handful of times he’s tricked us and his whining signified “3AM..perfect time to play outside!”. As he gets older the intervals of sleeping through the night get longer. During the course of the week, he now consistently sleeps through the night for about 4 nights and the other 3 will need to get up 1-2 times to go potty.
Leo’s favorite activities are his toys and his baby pool on the weekends. Squeaky toys are easily the most fun, and he loves chasing/fetching balls especially his favorite soccer ball that goes everywhere with him. Leo also loves game day watch parties (and his jerseys surprisingly) because that means so many different people to play with for 4 hours! We also got a pet tunnel/chute that he loves to run through and chase toys. We are always looking for more ways to keep his mind stimulated and longer spans of entertainment to prevent boredom that leads to destructive behaviors. Our newest toy/activity Leo just got is the Fetch ‘n’ Treat that is an automatic ball launcher and treat game. Whenever it’s time to wind down from playtime Leo likes to watch TV, chill on his favorite spot in the house, on top of the vent or in his parent’s lap. ‘Nap Hard Play Hard’ is Leo’s motto.