Manfred's teeth grow at an AMAZING rate! Its like if he loses an incisor, it usually grows back within 24 hours. I am not kidding.
He had a little spot right behind his canines before the pre molars start, where there were no teeth. So if ever my hand was in his mouth, that would be the "safe" spot. But he has grown teeth there too!
His Molars (or the saw toothed, sharp cutting things in the place of molars) are immense!
I literally saw one of his pre-molars grow out... his gum showed redness for the day when the molar grew. There was even a spot of what looked like connective tissue, which looked severed, due to the tooth coming out.
The next day it was fine.
I brush his teeth everyday, and I know the inside of his mouth, so no, he had not cut himself, it was just teeth growing at an incredible rate!
I am just freaking astonished!
Also, he is SUPER strong!!
At 5 months he is 55lbs, and he is strong ... so strong, that Renata can no longer really control him if he decides to pull on his harness while he walks.
Even I find it difficult at times.
Manfred walks well, but he is young and there are distractions, especially in busy West LA streets. Especially morons with motorbikes with silencers removed elicit a sharp response from him. He doesn't bark, but does lunge a little.
Needless to say, at the end of a 3 mile walk, my hand hurts!
And yesterday we were sitting on a patio, when Renata had to visit the cloakroom. Manfred waits patiently, but when she came back, the pup was so happy to see Mommy, he lunged, and he nearly knocked me and the chair I was sitting on, off balance! LOL.
His back is (thank god) quite straight, not as sloped. Massive body structure, head and paws. His paws are bigger than the palm of my hands. I still pick him up, but Renata laughs whenever I call him my little pup. And she is true, Manfred is anything but little. His vet is projecting at the least 110lbs. Maybe more (we take him every weekend). And he is not fat. Just healthy muscle. The temperament of a sweetheart, absolutely well behaved. You can take him to the most crowded locale or super market, and he will be chill as a cucumber.
But he does tend to bark at other dogs, especially when indoors and looking out the window.
My only real complaint, at home his only way of showing affection, is with bites. Its a bit hard. Couple that with the new mandolin vegetable slicer I got, my hands are in perpetual bandages!
His teeth are scary, I now understand why the name "Land shark" is so appropriate!
Renata is leaving in 10 days for about 3 weeks in Europe, I am scared! LOL.
I am just in awe of this dog. And to think.... he is going to double in size in the next few months. (Gulp!
And he is smart!
He learnt how to jump on voice command in literally 5 seconds. To give me Hugs in 5 more seconds.
He almost talks! He communicates. He goes to the door when he wants to poo/pee (not trained for this). He even held his poo / pee for 10.5 hrs when both Renata and I were out on a business trip last week! Fully potty trained, he pee's and poops on command!
I am going to teach him how to scratch my back next. LOLOL.
Nota Bene: This is a rambling post of thoughts, no "advise" is sought.
Sorry if it is more like me bragging about my little boy, but I just love him so much!