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9/10/18: Baby Link is full-on-puppy –  he is playful and full of life. We did not get to see his playfulness until we got home. He was frightened at first along with a little shaking, but soon enough, his playfulness emerged. We questioned if he had ever been exposed to grass, so when he walked in the backyard for the first time he jumped for joy and took me on a wild run through the trees and bushes, it was funny enough my family inside knocked on the window to point and laugh. We loved watching all his joyful exuberance.

Our weekly goal was to make him comfortable with normal household sounds and to potty train him. He is adjusting well with all the sounds, with exception to the vacuum but we have discovered that is not very uncommon. As for the potty training,  it’s going well, poops only outside and every time we go out he pees in the grass, which is great progress. He only gets distracted a little bit with leaves blowing and considers it his job to chase them. We love his puppy antics and joy for life.  Since his foster home is a safe haven, we give him the freedom to play, and love watching his happiness blossom.

I thought if I accomplished that, it would be sufficient, but I was wrong. We experimented to just see if he could master sit. He responded well when treats were offered and then without treats. I was pleasantly surprised, so I started doing other commands like leave it, let’s go, fetch, and time to eat (everyone’s favorite, my cats even know that command).

Link has been exposed to cats, kids, and our dog. He did a SAFE cat introduction and he is learning to leave them alone and focus on something else. He is around two small children and does well with their loud, unpredictable actions. For him, being around our dog is having another dog pal, although he would also be fine as the only pet. Yet, like all puppies, he will benefit with dog training puppy socialization.

Link is really an awesome puppy. He wants to please and do the right thing and even more so when treats are involved. He will transition well to a family of any size that will love him, train him, and understand he is still a puppy.  The puppy phrase quickly changes and, in a blink, he will be a wise, mature dog.

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