Zeus, our German Shepherd puppy, is growing soooo fast. He’s just about 6 months and lost the last of his needle sharp baby teeth yesterday – we’re all thrilled about that as he is so much calmer now that the pain of cutting teeth is over.
Zeus was pretty fiery as a little guy but is becoming such a sweetie – look at that face! I am enjoying the heck out of him. We take lots of long walks to burn off energy and do many training bouts throughout the day. He’s a super fast learner and so fun to work with.
It’s not all fun and games – he’s not a huge fan of other dogs and wants to chase anything that moves. He has pretty strong prey drive. So I go out everyday and look for situations that might set him off (not hard to find) and work at a distance to desensitize him. He has great focus and it goes pretty well most of the time. But when he does erupt, I collect him up, shake it off, and try again. We always end on a good note and I come away feeling so grateful for my training buddy.
Zeus, our German Shepherd puppy, is now 4 and a half months old and in two puppy classes. He needs a lot of socialization around other dogs. So besides the puppy classes, I get him out a couple times a day where he can see dogs. Our favorite place is Sequoia Park, where they filmed a portion of the upcoming movie “A Wrinkle in Time”. I’m excited to see how they used the park in the movie. Anyway, we walk and jog under the giant trees, though today and yesterday we had a jump a couple smaller ones blown down in a wind storm. We always run into dogs and people taking their morning stroll. Great way to start the day.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope the holidays were filled with the things you love and that your year ahead is filled with promise. I’m grateful to say that both things are true for me. In November I had to say goodbye to Dante and it was one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever had to do. As sad as it was, myself and family knew that we would want another German Shepherd in our lives. And, as Dante and Boomer have connections in high places, I had them to go to work finding us a puppy.
I did not expect to have a puppy in our home three weeks later. His name is Zeus and he came into our lives like lightning and captured our hearts just as fast. He’s now just about 12 weeks old, sweet and feisty with sharp baby needle teeth. He’s also incredibly smart and already loves to work. And boy does he have an amazing food drive! The best part is that when he looks at you with his soul-piercing eyes, any troubles melt away. Our home feels happy once again.
In other news, the winner of my December contest was Melody – Congratulations! She will soon be receiving a set of dog breed salt and pepper shakers. I’ll be releasing the details of my January contest soon so check back!