I agree with the above...
I also agree with Jan. As sweet as it was for your wife to clearly want to get you the pup, she should have included you in the decision. I do believe this pup came into your life at the right time and for a reason. He's a pretty thick boned boy from that first picture! My husband just agreeing to letting me get my exact desired pup in the future will be surprise enough for me. If he ever came home with my next pup without a warning... I might slug him and then start loving on the puppy. lol. I wish you the best with your new landshark and cant wait to see more pictures, especially as he grows!
Yeah. I gotta admit, between spending all day with Guinness, and all the positive comments here, I really feel much better about how we got him. It's definitely a learning experience for sure!
This is by far one of the most adorable pictures. This is totally frame worthy.
Yeah...these two are getting along great. My son is 9, and his & his mom's (my ex-wife) Golden Retriever, Lucy, had to be put down earlier this year due to cancer. He really misses Lucy, so this is a huge and positive thing for him.
He is beautiful. There are three of us in my family. I found mine and 2 of us jumped in the car to see her. The 3rd one figured out what we were doing, because I didn't exit out on the internet. We get there, we see her, and she is very attached to the woman. The person with me is ready to walk away, so we could discuss it...I felt that a conversation wasn't needed and 1 year later I couldn't be happier. Enjoy your dog, you will find that the more you put into him, the happier everyone will be.
I think everyone's right...maybe this was just fate/karma/etc.
Congrats on your new pup! You need to change your signature now!
My husband got Onyx much the same way Guinness came to you. Had I known, I never would have chosen the breeder he supported, but she made me learn so much about behavior and training.
The second pic of your pup lying down....his eye looks really red, is it just the shot or is there some irritation going on?
Most clubs are at least an hour drive...you luck out if you don't have to travel far! I personally could go to a club 45 minutes away, but don't want bad training! No training is better than bad, and I agree, make sure who you train with is not going to create problems that will be harder to fix.
So I travel almost 2 hours for better training, which in the past year, we've had to fix some problems that I caused early on with the more "local" group.
I think it was mostly a result of having such a long & traumatizing day yesterday. I don't see any sign of it today at all. You're right...sig change is next LOL. I'm going to look into this club that's only 10 minutes away. If it checks out and has good referrals, then it'll at least be worth looking into.
Today has been such a huge success for Guinness. 4 walks, each getting progressively better on the leash. Meeting a LOT of new people and a few dogs, each time doing so in a very friendly manner with very little anxiety. A few rides in the Jeep, including a 45minute (each way) ride to PetsMart for a bed, then hanging out in front of a grocery store with my wife meeting people while my son & I got groceries. 2 success's with going potty outside. The amount of progress I've seen in him in such a short time has been just amazing. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings! Hopefully, all this excitement will lead to a good sleep tonight, since he only let me get about 3.5hrs of sleep last night
TLDR version: Guinness had a great day with lots of progress!