Hi Guys and Dolls,
After almost 2 years of on and off looking for a companian puppy, dh unexpectantly asked if we could detour to the pet store in the centre. He heard they had 5 labradore x golden retriever pupps, look all puppies are cute to me lol Anyway, it took me all of 3 minutes before i'm asking the owner to bring out one particular pup, it may sound daft but the little guy just felt like my kind of people, if you know what i mean.
DH mind you isn't coming anywhere near him, just standing there saying i've got no chance here, you've all gone loopy over him. Normally im drawn to the hyperactives, the runts, the goofey's and miss fits pups but this little guy was just calm, placid and gentle. So i'm sitting on the floor of the pet store, of course wearing white pants lol and have him in my arms and he was so in need of a bath. DH said he just took one look at me and knew this was the one for us, he said i was just totally different with this pup than i ever had been before, like we clicked, so he was ment for us. lol
I'm clueless that dh had already worked out he was ours, and i asked him what names he thought fit him, he's all dont ask me, you had to name the kids lol I said if he was ours i'd call him 'HoBo' dh had a black lab as a boy and for some reason i just felt that was the right name for this little guy. DH turned around to the owner and said ok get the paper work ready he's coming home with us and now we have a new family member.
Oh and the staying out of it dad, hasn't left the little follow alone, already started teaching him to fetch, playing with a tennis ball and he's taking photos. 'HoBo' loves his tennis ball and even brings it back already. I think he's quite smart for 6 weeks (4.5kilo) he started sitting after about 1/2 a doz goes. Ok he's wee'd every where but the toilet training pad but he's pooped there after only a little mistake, so thats pretty good for his first day, I think he's going to be trainable. Unlike a friends lab x retriever who failed his third attempt at basic obedience training, when they went to book him in for his 4th go at it the trainer said "give up already, i can't take your money anymore". lol
It might be too early to say but HoBo is a really calm little guy, stoically follows us around, he's not hyper at all, he's got his zen going lol He even likes to sit or lays down next to anyone who's not moving but as soon as you roll the tennis ball he's ready to play, you stop and he goes back to chilling. lol I really think he's a people pup, and he's going to be great for all of us but me especially.
So there you go, any and all training tips would be greatly appreciated for our four legged ball of fluff!
Oh and our dear old cat has only been looked at, he hasn't even tried to say hello with a annoying doggie sniff, so she's not fussed by the new guy being on her turf either, she's way too old to be stressed out so we are all relieved about that :-)