Chief has been growing like a weed, and while we love him endlessly, he’s been quite the handful. He loves to chew on anything and everything…ok everything except for the endless supply of toys we buy him. He much prefers cardboard, paper, plants, and mom and dad’s flesh to toys. In fact, I’d venture to say that mom and dad’s flesh are the #1 favorite item to chew on.
We enrolled in him puppy school, which is his very favoritest thing to do. He absolutely ADORES his trainer, and getting out to see other puppies. I tried to take pictures during the very first day and this was the best I could get.
I’ll say that the Puppy Ladies, and in particular our trainer Jean, legitimately saved our sanity. I highly recommend them to anyone with a puppy. They’re all about positive reinforcement and behavioral therapy instead of negative reinforcement, which we love. I joke frequently that they’re the Puppy Social Workers. But Jean really went above and beyond to help us out with Chief, and kind of hold our hand and walk us through our first puppy.
And while of course he could always be better trained and behaved, we’ve seen remarkable differences in his training and he’s pretty darn well-trained for a young golden retriever pup!
In September we went to Joey’s parents house to introduce Chief to his grandparents on his dad’s side. He LOVED them!!! And I think they liked him pretty alright too… 🙂 Although he seems to want to play the roughest with Joey’s mom and my mom who really don’t have tolerance for that kind of play. But both grandpas love to get him riled up and rough house with him, which I suspect works against us with our effort to train him. But being spoiled by your grandparents is inevitable I suppose.
Chief also got to go for his first swim…he wasn’t really a fan. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Oh well…we’ll try again next summer.