He's out constantly being exposed to lots of different sights, smells and people. We don't walk far at all. He will barely cross the street to go to the next patch of grass on the other sidewalk without whining. If he sees a person or a dog while we're walking away from home, he gets super excited, tail wagging and very happy to see someone, he will go right up to them and forget about being away from home. He is fantastic at friends houses, with and without dogs (behaved, well-mannered and with shots). He's made LOTS of friends and loves being around people and company. He's very well socialized for this age and has been exposed to as much as I can while also keeping him safe until his last set of shots.
I figured it was normal puppy behavior but I wanted to make sure I wasn't handling it wrong. I do tug a little bit on his leash, which he sees as a tug of war game. He's very use to his collar and leash. He usually is free on a long line in the house if I'm home alone and need to get small things done. I do a lot of driving and he's always with me so he's being exposed to travel, new places and sounds. I would say about every other day he's gone out to dinner at a restaurant with a porch and a park with my boyfriend and I. He doesn't get this way anywhere but at home. We stroll the same distance in the park, if not a little more and he acts perfectly fine, walks either next to or behind me, no whining, plopping down or pulling backwards.
We are working on clicker training! So far so good with minimal distraction and in the house. He really is a fantastic puppy! I'm not quite sure where his comfort zone is. He will walk off our front porch steps and happily walk to the grass, do his business and as soon as he's done, he's over it and goes straight back to our door. However, if we're walking with my roommate or anyone else, he acts perfectly normal and we can walk the complex with no problem at all. It's just when we're alone, that's what baffles me.
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