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Full time play buddy!

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Prior to today, Dazzle and Voodoo have only played in short bursts, usually ending in Dazzle telling the puppy to “knock it off”. But this morning, almost exactly 1 month since Voodoo arrived, it was like a light switch was flipped. They played off and on (more on than off) for nearly 2 hours! I think the bonding and friendship are finally complete. Dazzle now sees Voodoo as a good playmate and I am SOOO happy! They have been playing in long stretches throughout the day (& all through the house!) Here are some highlights:

Another first today- Voodoo has gone OUT the dog door on his own several times today!  Before today, he had mastered coming in, but still needed a human to hold the dog door open (at least a little) when he wanted to go out.  But today, he barreled right out after Dazzle!  And then went out on his own again a few times just because he wanted to be outside. He loves being outside, even the past few days that have been really hot. He lays in the shade and entertains himself or plays with the in-ground tug toy or wanders around the yard exploring.

And he’s moved up to a “big boy” crate (medium size) for sleeping at night. The puppy crate was looking a bit cramped and he likes to stretch out when he sleeps. So tonight, the bigger crate will be on the floor instead of on the table by the bed. I don’t expect any issues. <knock on wood> 🙂

Last night we did a little work on the exercise ball.  His balance and core strength are incredible! Especially for his age! I was trying to hold the camera with one hand and do the luring with the other, so the camera work sucks.  But you get the idea. I don’t know if, at this age, he should have the strength and balance to be able to stand on only his hind feet on a balance ball, but as you can see, he wasn’t having any problem.


About dazzlesmom

Dog Mom, Reward-based Dog Trainer, Former Police Officer, Author, Speaker, Martial Artist, Traveler, Instructor.

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