Hello everyone - some of you may remember me from this thread: New Subj Line: CL puppy having puppies - help needed from experienced pup raisers
Well here are some recent pix of the puppy we kept, Loki. He is now a little over 8 months and 80 pounds. He is very tall. He can be a little dominant with our other female dog, as he does NOT want her to get any attention away from him. However, it's nice to not have to worry about them killing each other like we did with his mom and our other dog. In fact, even got a picture of them together in Loki's crate (don't worry, as soon as I took picture, they were let out). He is GREAT with my kids, and he really really seems to like my son, he's almost his shadow. He does NOT like to be left alone. If we all go upstairs and he's stopped by the gate (gate blocks access to the upstairs or cats room), he panics and tries to knock it down to get by us. As long as we're in his eyesight he is fine.
Still working on getting him to leave the cats alone. Hate the gate up, but not taking down until I can completely trust him. We've had him at basic training and he is also VERY smart, probably the smartest dog we've ever had, he has learned to ring the bell when he has to go potty (and sometimes rings it even when he doesn't have to go). Sometimes I think he chases the cats so we say 'leave it' just so he gets a reward.
My slight worry is that he does sometimes tend to be fearful when meeting people. My nephew is afraid of him and Loki seems to sense it and will bark at him. My other nephew he barely even looks at. He is terrified of my mother too, he will bark at her and run away. Both my nephew and mom give him treats which did help, but he still seemed leery of my mother. I'm hoping that is something that fades as we continue to socialize with people.
Anyway, so that's my follow up after a long 8 months. Feels like forever ago that they were all born. I look back on it now and wonder how on earth we did it!!!!