Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted November 20, 2014
I found Lola on a ranch north of Fort Collins, CO. She was living in the barn with her brothers and sisters, the horses, the other ranch dogs -- it was a busy place! She was immediately loving and friendly, very excited to meet me and give me all the kisses she could.
Lola is VERY smart -- almost too smart for her own good! She was housebroken almost immediately, but that didn't stop her from pretending to potty outside and then sitting very pretty for a treat. (She still sometimes tries that trick!) We've taught her the basic commands -- sit, stay, wait, lie down, off -- as well as a few fun, extra tricks. She learns everything very quickly; within a couple times of showing her our expectations, she can do it.
While she is very smart, she's also very stubborn. If she doesn't want to do something, it can become an ordeal to get her to lie down away from the dinner table, or stay in her bed when we ask her to. Not shockingly, this stubbornness tends to disappear when treats are involved...hmmm... ;)
Lola is also very loving and friendly. Everyone is her best friend. She always wants to be up on the couch with us (yes, we are lenient parents who allow her that luxury), love to snuggle, and is ecstatic when guests arrive. She is gentle with our friends' small children, which is a great quality to have in a dog.
Lola has a lot of energy, but nothing that a good walk won't fix (at least for a little while). With both of us working outside our home, we try to take her to "camp" (doggy day care) one day every few weeks to let her run off some of her extra energy. She ends up spent for a couple days, which gives us a little bit of a break from her energy level.
Overall, our experience shows that Lola is the best of all her breeds: she's smart, loyal, loving, and an overall great companion. At two-and-a-half years, she is just now showing signs of fully leaving puppyhood behind. She's a blast to have around and keeps us going before snuggling up with us at night.