Ten Months Old

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Today Baxter is ten months old and we have had him for seven months.  Although he is peacefully napping in this photo, in actuality he is just as hyper as ever and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon!  The stay at home order has been hard on him as the dog park is closed, and he lived for his time there.  But Joe is taking him on walks every day after work, so that helps.  I can’t really take him on a walk because he pulls so hard on the leash, and he is too strong for me to handle.  Sometimes it is difficult even when I take him out in the backyard to go potty.

Speaking of going potty, he seems to be lengthening the time between trips outside.  It has been every two hours during the day, but he is going more like every three-four hours now.  He does still occasionally have an accident, but most of the time he lets us know when he needs to go out.

Training classes are canceled, of course, and will be rescheduled when the stay at home order is lifted.  I have tried to do some training at home with varied success.  The main thing I want to work on is heel, so that I can walk him, but it is very slow going.  I still think we may need a private trainer to help us get things under control, but I will wait until we finish the classes and see how things are going then.

20200112_095328The other thing that is an issue is him wanting to chase our cat, Peanut Butter.  He doesn’t always do it, but a lot of the time he does.  Peanut Butter spends a lot of time either in our bedroom or downstairs on the cat tree.  Sometimes if Baxter is resting, Peanut Butter can come over to me to be petted without being bothered, but it’s not often enough.  That’s another issue I would like a trainer to help us with.

So, how do I feel about having Baxter in our lives?  Well, I love him a lot and would hate to give him up, but I don’t think I will get another dog after he is gone.  Or maybe I would get a small dog that is already an adult.  Hopefully, Baxter will have a lot of good years with us and we won’t have to think about a decision like that for quite a while.

 

 

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