Dinali vom Gildaf "Fox" RE RL3 NA
Fox is doing great. He's incredible. His occasional screaming is the only negative thing I can say about him, and that is getting better every day. I know he's still so young, so we're building his independence slowly. He's getting really comfortable on a tie-down and is mostly loving his crate when he's tired. He rarely cries in the crate anymore and even spent a few hours last Wed. and Thurs. in the crate while I taught classes. I had people ready to give him treats and "babysit" but he did great mostly by himself. He wakes up ready to exercise his vocal cords, though, and wants to make lots of squeaky/screaming noises until he eats. He already has sit, touch, target, come, and go to your mat on cue. He's been on a dogwalk and teeter with me holding him, and some wobble boards/balance balls with my help. He's worked on putting his paws on new things, like our book for "perch work" and the treadmill, and shaking my hand. He's also done lots of doggy zen practice and sitting for things like his leash or food bowl or the door opening or me petting him/picking him up. Yesterday and today he even got to spend some time in the small dog room. He plays so well and is really confident in there. Parker is doing so well with him and being very tolerant and playful, but also setting limits. I can't believe how much he's transformed into a mature parent figure in a short time. Oh yeah, and Fox got to watch three agility classes so far. I had friends watch him while I ran Parker and he was very interested in what we were doing. He's run through a tunnel a few times already and loves it. Yesterday we went to Lysa's house, who will be watching him and Parker when Brian and I go home for Christmas. Lysa lives on a large property with horses and Fox met the horses through the fence. He's taken all these things in stride and loves every new person or place he encounters. I almost can't believe what an amazing dog we have, and I'm really excited to see what the future holds for us.