Sunday, March 9, 2008

brophy is seven months old

this doesn't seem like a significant birthday, but the contract with the breeder who sold us brophy stipulated that they receive pictures when he is 3 and 7 months old. this was on feb 24 (mom's birthday :)), but i took these pictures a week later. oh well.
broph is going to graduate from puppy school next saturday. i HAVE to remember to take the camera. he goes an hour before class for "pooch play" and there have been some great little dogs that are the perfect size and age for brophy to play with. and he does not take this activity lightly. pooch play is his JOB. he plays his little heart out for the full hour. it's so fun to watch.
his latest accomplishments are:
shake/high five/waving (his paw-control makes the action pretty much the same on his part!)

he's doing so well at down-stays. thank goodness, because without them, it would be impossible to put my shoes on in the morning!
leave it:
this is also one of brophy's signature commands. we can put a treat on his paw and he won't eat it until we say, "ok!"
we need to work on greeting people on and off leash and consistent recalls. he loooooves meeting new people and will jump, and he is very distractable and if he's somewhat far away, he doesn't respond to his call to come. i'm glad his shortcomings are because he's a happy, friendly dog. though he met his first puppy since he's been more grown up at pooch play yesterday. he played too aggressively and had to be removed to the big-dog pen, which isn't as much fun for him, because the big dogs are annoyed by him and his attempts to play. i think the dog-center owner was too quick to remove him because the puppy was new and she didn't want to upset its owners, though. brophy was growling, but the regulars there often play pretty rough and it isn't that big of a deal. i hope brophy gets a good play session next week, since it's the last one, and without being enrolled in the class, it costs $10, meaning we probably won't go anymore.
"sit, brophy, sit. good dog." "ruff!"


Ida said...

Aww. It sounds like you guys have done a great job training him and socializing him. Get ready for his terrible teens...

kgn said...

oh, well that's because i chose to highlight only his good qualities in that particular post! (there are definitely days when i want him to move out.) the dog trainer did mention adolescence when he tried to dominate the puppy...

K & El said...

HAHA! we both thought the same thing! i think that brophus is awesome. love the high fives